Identity of Sri Lankan fugitive established

Special Correspondent

Asir hijacked

the boat when

three others

were engaged

in pearl fishing

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Sri Lankan fugitive, who landed at Serankottai near Dhanushkodi in a fibreglass boat on January 24, hails from Puttalam in the island nation.

Police say Asir, 28, reached India after hijacking the boat equipped with diving gear.

Information compiled by the security agencies in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka reveals that Mahathir had lodged a complaint with the Puttalam police that his boat had gone missing since January 23. Its name and numbers matched with the information provided by the Tamil Nadu Police.

Tokens for fishing

Investigation revealed that Sri Lankan fisheries officials had issued tokens to Kader, Safrin, Salman Peris and Gomez of Puttalam for venturing into the sea.

Asir, who went fishing with them instead of Gomez, hijacked the boat when the other three were engaged in pearl fishing.

Phone number tracked

The Puttalam police picked up Gomez and Asir’s wife for interrogation. In the meantime, Asir contacted his wife and told her that he was in India on some work. Police have tracked the number from which he made the calls.

Teams fan out

The police said he would be arrested in a few days. Teams had fanned out to several places, including Chennai, Madurai and Tiruchi.

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