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Sri Lankan detained at airport

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TIRUCHI, NOV. 23 . A Sri Lankan youth was detained on Monday by immigration officials for possessing a passport in an Indian name and address, upon his arrival here from Colombo.

Investigation revealed that Devendran (34), a native of Vavuniya in Sri Lanka, had obtained a passport in the name of Ratha (30), Vairavan Kovil Street, Karaikudi, Sivaganga district. He had confessed to having obtained the passport in 2003. He reportedly married Latha of Karaikudi in February, 2003, after his return from the U.S. where he had been jailed for nearly five years as an illegal immigrant, and applied for a passport with Indian address during his two-month stay here.

He again left for the U.S. leaving his wife behind, and landed in Chennai on September 1, 2004. After a brief stay at Karaikudi, he left for Colombo, where his mother was staying, on October 9 via Thiruvananthapuram. He landed at the Tiruchi airport on Monday.

Immigration officials are investigating the "possible involvement" of a few travel agencies in improvisation of the fake travel document.

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