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Three held for trespassing into ISRO using fake ID

Tirunelveli, Jan 17 ():A fifty-two year old man using a fake identity card entered the sensitive area of ISRO’s cryogenic engine testing centre at Mahendragiri near Tirunelveli and was arrested with two others who helped him to gain entry into the area.

The man known to be the father-in-law of Krishnakumar who was working in the centre as a welder and a labour contractor gained entry into the sensitive area using a fake ID card given by Krishnakumar.

With growing suspicion over the man’s behaviour who gave incompatible replies, the Central Industrial Security Force personnel held the man and handed him over to the police.

Jaya Singh, when interrogated by the police said that he is an employee of the Oman government’s Transport Corporation and was eager to visit the site where cryogenic engine was under examination.

However security personnel said that the man was caught red-handed when he entered the liquid propulsion testing area, a highly prohibited zone for outsiders.  Police arrested Krishnakumar and one more Diraviyam for providing Jaya Singh with a fake ID card.

Krishnakumar has been working at ISRO for the past five years and Diraviyam was also an employee who used to take casual labourers into the centre every day. The centre has provided tokens to Diraviyam to allow casual workers inside the centre. Using one of the worker’s token, Diraviyam let Jaya Singh inside the centre, said the police.

The Panagudi police arrested all the three and took them into custody. All the accused are likely to be remanded soon, said the police.  The accused were also interrogated by the Intelligence Bureau said Panagudi inspector Vijaykumar, who booked them under trespass, forgery as well as violation of official secrets act.

The incident has taken place almost four months after a woman in Bangalore gained entry into the headquarters of Indian Space Research Organisation and was arrested using fake ID.