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Man who forged Britisher’s lost passport arrested at BIA

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Had gone to India on his Sri Lankan passport:

A Sri Lankan passenger who came to the Katunayake Airport to flee to Britain using a misplaced passport belonging to a British national was arrested by Immigration officers at the arrival terminal of Katunayake Airport in the afternoon of May 11. He is a 38-year-old labourer residing in Pudukudirippu area.

He had used a Sri Lankan passport and to visit India to ask his uncle who lives there to forge a British passport in April.

A broker in India had meticulously removed the bio-data page of a British national’s misplaced passport and replaced it with the information of this Sri Lankan. Later on May 11 at 12 noon he had arrived at the Katunayake Airport using the forged British passport from Chennai, India on SriLankan Airlines UL 122 flight.

When Immigration officials entered the information into the computer system to issue the visa related to this passport, it was revealed that it was a missing passport belonging to a British national, as mentioned by the International Police.

Later, when Immigration officials searched his luggage, they found the man’s real Sri Lankan passport in it. The suspect and the British passport that he had fraudulently prepared were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department officials at the Katunayake Airport for further investigations.


Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 01:22

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