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CID arrests deputy controllers of Immigration & Emigration for passport fraud

March 18, Colombo (LNW): The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two Deputy Controllers of Immigration & Emigration, including a former Deputy Controller, for their alleged involvement in providing passports to underworld figures based on false information.

According to police reports, the suspects arrested, one of whom is a current Deputy Controller, are accused of facilitating passports for underworld figures Nuresh Supun Dayaratne, known as “Heenatiyana Mahesh,” and Shan Arosh Liyanage, alias “Mathugama Shan,” using fraudulent means.

One of the arrested individuals is scheduled to appear before the Vavuniya Magistrate’s Court, while the other will face proceedings at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.

The arrests were made following an investigation supervised by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rohan Premaratne, who heads the CID.

Investigations revealed that the Deputy Controller of the Immigration Department allegedly provided Nuresh Supun Dayaratne with a fake passport under the name “Manikkuge Dinesh Silva,” along with fabricated passport and national identity card (NIC) numbers.

The arrest of the Deputy Controller occurred while he was undergoing treatment at the Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital.

Additionally, it was discovered that a former Deputy Controller of the Immigration Department had reportedly issued a fake passport to the organised crime figure Shan Arosha Liyanage, using the pseudonym “Dodangoda Liyanage Rajesh Kumara Jayasinghe.”

The suspected former Deputy Controller, who currently serves as a Deputy Director at the Pensions Department, faces allegations in connection with this fraudulent activity, as per CID statements.

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