Ex-LTTE man arrested in Pune with fake passport

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Good riddance? A Sinhalese demonstrator kicks the LTTE flag outside the Canadian High Commission in Colombo, to protest Canada’s support to the rebels, Photo: AFPPune police have arrested a suspected former member of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) who was on his way to Germany from Pune airport on fake passport and visa. He was detained by Bureau of Immigration and handed over to Vimantal police station.

The arrested Sri Lankan has been identified as Marimuthu Raju alias Suthan Suppiah, 36, a native of Tirunelveli east town of Jaffna in Sri Lanka. According to the information provided by police, Raju was detained by the officials of Bureau of Immigration as he was travelling on fake documents.

Sources informed that Raju completed his education in Jaffna. He studied at Songunda Hindu College and later completed a course of automobile mechanic and electric wiring from Kokuvil technical college in Jaafna. After which he joined LTTE as a camp sentry and received arms training. He left LTTE in 2005 and worked as a mine surfer to search land mines with Denise mining group under the banner of United Nations till 2008.

Later in August 2010, he went to Dubai and worked in a supermarket of fellow Sri Lankan till 2014. He was getting the remuneration of 1500 Dirhams (28000 or 60000 Sri Lankan Rupees), but was not able to manage with the given amount and returned back to his country.

An official informed that Raju visited Chennai on a tourist visa in June 2015 and did menial jobs. He was residing at Ashtalakshmi Nagar area of Valasaravakkam. During his stay at Chennai an agent promised to get him a high salary job in Germany and arranged for passport and visa for him.

Raju was in Pune to catch an early morning Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. Police are investigating further for legal action.