Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Passport racket busted; five held. Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Over a hundred passports seized by the Customs officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport here have been handed over to the Delhi Police for investigation.

According to the police, 105 passports had apparently been sent from Istanbul on board a flight for a person living in Ahmedabad. However, he could not be traced. Most of the passports were purportedly in the name of Gujarat residents.

The police are trying to ascertain if the passports were being used by an international human trafficking syndicate to smuggle out people to various countries.

The Delhi Police Special Cell had recently arrested five men in connection with the seizure of 97 passports and forged visas of various countries at Delhi airport. A parcel containing the passports had been sent from Dubai and was addressed to one Rony Azad. Investigations led the police to Sayed Sakhir Hasan alias Rony. At his instance, they arrested his accomplices Manoj Nayak, Manish Kumar Sharma, Kuldeep and Rakesh Behl.

Their arrest led to seizure of 46 Indian passports, 45 Nepalese, five Bangladeshi and an American passport, 11 fake visa stickers and 12 fake visa stickers of the United States, Canada, Malaysia and Vietnam besides other papers.

During interrogation, Sakhir told the interrogators that he received the passports sent from Dubai and Nepal through courier and arranged fake visas in conspiracy with his accomplices. The passports were to be used in human trafficking.

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