Staff Reporter

Foreign nationals also exchanged boarding passes

CHENNAI: Immigration authorities at the Chennai airport detained three persons -- a Sri Lankan national, a Swiss national and a carrier -- after they were found to have used fake documents to board different flights past midnight on Wednesday.

The immigration authorities said the Sri Lankan national, Somasundaram Mayuran, took the boarding pass in the name of S. Martin to board a Mumbai-bound flight. The carrier, Gopalan Sarveswaran, also obtained a boarding pass for the same flight. Both waited in the security hall area.

The Swiss national, Scheidner Martin, holding a Swiss passport, checked in for a Lufthansa flight bound for San Francisco via Frankfurt. He came to the security hall, where he exchanged his boarding pass with Mayuran.

On suspicion, the immigration authorities interrogated Sarveswaran and detained Mayuran.

The authorities seized a fake Indian passport from Mayuran, issued in the name of Solomon Martin.

Operator behind deal

While the interrogation was on, the Swiss national left for Mumbai. The immigration authorities alerted their counterparts in Mumbai, who sent him back to Chennai. The immigration authorities said Shiva, a Jakarta-based person, was the operator.

Both Mayuran and Sarveswaran produced fake voter identity cards to obtain the domestic boarding passes, the authorities added.