International network gang raising money to revive splintered LTTE, NIA supports investigation

Chennai: Police have busted an international network gang allegedly involved in raising funds for the revival of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with the recent arrest of a Sri Lankan national. Acting on information from the Government of Tamil Nadu that the CID police of the +Q+ branch, dealing with cases of extremism and terrorism, registered a case and is investigating, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) re-registered a case and took over the investigation.

The Union Home Office ordered the NIA to resume the investigation given the seriousness of the matter. Lankan Letchumanan woman Mary Francisco (51) was recently detained by immigration authorities at Chennai Airport and handed over to ‘Q’ branch police, who arrested her and remanded her in custody.

She had moved to Canada several years ago and had become a permanent resident there. She was intercepted at Chennai airport as she was about to board a flight to Mumbai after authorities discovered she had an Indian passport obtained with fake documents.

During her interrogation, she revealed how the defendants operating from European countries had deployed agents to withdraw huge sums of money from inactive accounts using false identities/documents. They also launched a manhunt to arrest four other people, believed to be part of an international network of former LTTE members or sympathizers involved in the case, the NIA-registered FIR said. Based on the information provided by her, the search was intensified to arrest Kenniston Fernando, K.Baskaran, Johnson Samuel and L. Sellamuthu, who were on the run.

The NIA filed charges against them under sections 18, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, sections 12(l)(b), 12(1A)(a) of the Passports 1967, Section 14(a) of the Foreigners Amendment Act, 2004 and under Sections 120(B), 420, 465, 468, 471 r/w 109 of the IPC. The FIR was filed for offenses related to creating multiple Indian identity documents and an Indian passport by submitting false documents and using these false documents to withdraw money from the Indian Overseas Bank mer, branch of Mumbai Fort, for using it to prosecute the activities of the LTTE, a banned terrorist organization. in accordance with Schedule I of the UA(P) Act of 1967.

The central government has received information from the government of Tamil Nadu Nadu that the Q branch has registered cases under the Passports Act, Aliens Act and ICC for possession of fraudulently obtained Indian passport, and further investigation by Tamil Nadu Police revealed the involvement of active LTTE cadres.

An amending report was filed in the Alandur Magistrate’s Court and sections of law were amended in ICC 120-B, 420, 465, 468, 471 r/w 109 ICC, Secs 12(1) (b), 12(1A )(a) Passports Act 1967 r/w 420, 465, 468,471 IPC r/w l4(a) Aliens and Foreign Nationals Amendment Act 2004 sections 18, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and the case was transferred from Alandur JM-1 Court Principal District Session Court, Chengalpattu.

Central Government is of the opinion that an offense under the NIA Act 2008 has been committed and in view of the seriousness of the offense should be investigated by the NIA in accordance with the NIA Act 2008. The Union The Home Office, through an order issued on January 17 of this year, pursuant to the provision of subsection (a) of Article 6, read with Article 8 of the NIA Act of 2008, ordered the NIA to investigate the matter

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