Sri Lankan nabbed at IGI Airport for travelling on fake documents

A Sri Lankan national was on Wednesday arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly trying to travel on fake passport and other travel documents, setting security agencies on a trail of suspected conmen.

The CISF, acting on an tip-off, apprehended the Marvin, 24, around 1 am after he had allegedly received the fake documents from one Subramanyam Thavas in a washroom in the Terminal-3.

“On suspicion, the passenger carrying travelling documents in the name of Subramanyam Thavas was stopped in the international security hold area and he was thoroughly interrogated. Simultaneously, CCTV footage was also observed by our surveillance and intelligence teams.

After detailed questioning, the said passenger revealed his actual name as Marvin, a businessman from Sri Lanka, who was given fake travelling documents to travel to Paris in the toilet by an agent named Subramanyam Thavas from Chennai,” CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said.

The CISF found out that while Marvin secured a domestic ticket to Mumbai, Thavas got an Air France ticket for Paris from the respective designated counters located at the T3 and later exchanged the documents inside a toilet.

While Thavas flew off to Mumbai, the CISF caught Marvin and handed him over to airport police who arrested him under charges of cheating and travelling on false documents of the IPC, Singh said.

“Marvin was carrying a French passport in the name of Subramanyam Thavas but the photo of Marvin was affixed on the passport which was valid upto August 14, 2018,” he said.

The airport police and the CISF are now on the lookout for the people who indulge in illegal act of forging vital documents like passport even as security agencies in Mumbai have been alerted to nab Thavas.

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