6 held for helping passengers travel on fake documents

An immigration officer and an airline official were among six persons arrested here for allegedly facilitating travel of passengers on forged documents, police said.

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 20:46 PM IST

New Delhi: An immigration officer and an
airline official were among six persons arrested here for
allegedly facilitating travel of passengers on forged
documents, police said on Monday.

Immigration Officer Chaman Azhar and airline commercial
staffer Manoj Satpal besides four passengers were apprehended
on April one after an airline staff and a security supervisor
detected the fraud, a senior police official said.
The airline staff had gone to the boarding gate after
their duty at the check-in counter on April 1 night to check
the passports of transit passengers before boarding. During
the exercise, the security supervisor noticed that the
passport of a passenger Anisha Rahimbhai Mardeja, who was
travelling to Toronto, bore the security sticker.

"The supervisor felt that the passport had not been
checked by the airline staff at the time of check-in. As per
procedure, after checking the passport of each and every
passenger travelling in our flight, we write the name,
passport number and destination on our sheet and then put the
security sticker on the passport. On the sticker, the date,
last four digits of the passport number and initials are
mentioned," he said in his complaint.
The passport and visa of the woman passenger was allegedly
found forged.

During questioning, the woman told the staff that her real
name was Nazma Maredia.

It came to light during initial inquiries that Satpal was
allegedly involved in the racket. When confronted, he told
them that Azhar used to inform him about the passengers to
ensure their clearance.

"Satpal used to contact passengers near Gate No 7, collect
their passports and then hand them over to him at the staff
parking lot at the instance of Azhar. The officer would
endorse the passports with fake immigration stamps, after
which Satpal would return the passports to the passengers and
guide them to the international flight through the domestic
flight channel," a senior police official said.

Satpal allegedly took Rs 50,000 per passenger and had
helped eight such passengers.

"The clearance of three other passengers -- Firdosh
Rahimbhai Maredia, Marcus Salvador Dias and Bhawana Marcus --
was handled by Satpal on April one," the official said.

A case was registered and all the six were arrested.

Nazma told police that she hailed from Mumbai and had paid
Rs 25 lakh to an agent, Rajubhai, a resident of Delhi, to
arrange her travel documents.

PTI