Sri Lankan gangster living as Pradeep Singh dies in Tamil Nadu; RAW team visits Coimbatore
Reports suggest that Maddumage Lasantha Chandana Perera alias Angoda Lokka suffered a cardiac arrest and declared brought dead at a Coimbatore hospital on July 3.
Coimbatore: A five-member Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) team has met the senior officials of Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) in connection with the mysterious death of Sri Lankan gangster Angoda Lokka, who was staying in India for the last three years under a fake identity. Tamil Nadu Director General of Police JK Tripathy had recently transferred the case from Coimbatore Police to the CBCID.
Maddumage Lasantha Chandana Perera alias Angoda Lokka had got a fake Aadhar card in the name of Pradeep Singh. Reports suggest that he suffered a cardiac arrest and declared brought dead at a private hospital in Coimbatore on July 3.
After the Sri Lankan media reported that the gangster was poisoned to death in India, the police of the island nation asked the Coimbatore Police for more information in this regard.
The CBCID has constituted seven teams to scrutinise and investigate various aspects, including his ‘illegal’ stay in India and forging of documents to get an Aadhar card.
The RAW team visited Coimbatore on August 5 and held talks with CBCID Inspector General of Police K Shankar and other senior officials. Notably, Lokka was wanted in Sri Lanka in connection with serious offences. In fact, a ‘red notice’ was also issued for him by the Interpol.
The RAW team reportedly took hold of some significant documents regarding Lokka, whose body was cremated in Madurai after post-mortem at a government hospital.
Meanwhile, the CBCID has sent the viscera to Chennai for examination in order to establish Lokka’s identity.
Three people were arrested on charges of fabricating documents to get an Aadhar card for Lokka on Sunday. Those in custody are – T Sivakami Sundari and her Tiruppur friend S Dyaneswaran, and Amani Thanji, a Sri Lankan woman. Sources suggest that Lokka had killed Amani Thanji’s husband in Sri Lanka. She started staying with Lokka after that.
According to police, Lokka entered Tamil Nadu in 2017 and was living in Coimbatore since 2018. He was reportedly supplying protein supplements to gyms there. He had rented an apartment with the help of Sivakami Sundari and S Dyaneswaran.
He was living with a Sri Lankan woman, Amani Dhanji, whose husband Lokka had allegedly killed earlier in the island nation, the police said.
Sivakami Sundari is a Madurai-based lawyer. Interestingly, it has emerged that Sivakami Sundari had transactions worth around Rs 1 crore in seven accounts. It is yet to be ascertained whether there is an LTTE connection with the case.
Sundari had reportedly helped the other two people in taking the body to Madurai for cremation. The father of Sundari is allegedly a known LTTE sympathiser. Shankar had told the media that one of the seven special teams formed to investigate the case was working to establish the possible links between Sundari’s father and the LTTE.
He added that money transactions are being probed to clarify their source.