Angoda Lokka got help from LTTE sympathisers
The Crime Branch Criminal Investigations Department (CB-CID) of the Tamil Nadu Police took over the investigation into the recent death of Sri Lankan underworld drug kingpin Maddumage Lasantha Chandana Perera alias Angoda Lokka in Coimbatore on 3 August, Indian Media reported.
The CB-CID will probe his illegal stay in the country, the alleged fabrication of documents, impersonation and the assistance he received during exile.
Director General of the Indian Police, J.K. Tripathy transferred the investigation to the CB-CID after reviewing the reports from the Coimbatore City Police and the ‘Q’ Branch, said sources.
Inspector General of Police of the CB-CID, K. Shankar said that a case has been registered to begin the investigation. The CB-CID team received case documents from the City Police. The local Police and the ‘Q’ branch suspect that the fugitive had help from sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during his stay here for about two years.
A senior Indian Police officer, who is part of the investigation, said the father of D. Sivakamasundari, a native of Madurai, who was arrested by the Police on 2 August for helping Lokka, was an LTTE sympathiser. The Police found that Lokka managed to obtain fake Aadhaar cards in the name of Pradeep Singh in two addresses – one from West Bengal and another from Madurai.
“Details emerged in the investigation which indicated possible roles of LTTE sympathisers,” said the officer.
Amani Thanji, 27, a woman from Colombo who had visited Lokka at least three times in Coimbatore, had come to the City last on 5 March and she could not go back to Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Her husband was killed in Sri Lanka in 2017 and Lokka’s role is suspected behind the murder, according to the Police. After her arrest on 2 August, Thanji was admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) as she developed health complications. “The woman told us that she was two months pregnant and had consumed pills to terminate the pregnancy after the death of Lokka,” the officer said.
Sivakamasundari’s friend S. Dyaneswaran, 32, of Erode, who was also arrested on 2 August, helped Lokka in finding houses in Coimbatore and other arrangements, according to the Police.
Lokka stayed in an apartment at Saravanampatti in Coimbatore before moving to Cheran Ma Nagar in the City early this year.
The illegal stay of Lokka in Coimbatore came to light when the Police verified an Aadhaar card copy that Sivakamasundari submitted at the Peelamedu Police Station in Coimbatore on 4 July, a day after Lokka’s death, in order to complete the post-mortem formalities.
As per the first information report, Thanji took Lokka to a private hospital around 9.30 p.m. on 3 July where he was declared dead on arrival. The body was later shifted to the CMCH for the post-mortem. This report said that Sivakamasundari came to Coimbatore on Thanji’s request and managed to take the body to Madurai for cremation, by submitting fake documents to the Police.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) of the Coimbatore City, G. Stalin said that Lokka was not doing any specific work in Coimbatore.