Passport racket: Nepalese men, Indian agent held

Last Updated: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 17:26

New Delhi: Two Nepalese nationals, who
procured the job of security guards with US-led allied forces
in Kabul allegedly using fake passports, were arrested here,
police said today.

An agent was also apprehended here yesterday which blew
the lid on the racket which allegedly sent several Nepalese
people who are suspected to have fraudulently procured Indian
passports.

The Nepalese citizens Vishnu Nath Gurung and Krishna
Bahadur Rai were arrested at the Indira Gandhi International
airport with the "fake" passports.

"Initial interrogation of both the passengers revealed
that they had procured fake Indian passports in their names
issued by Regional Passport office in Guwahati," a senior
police official said.

According to the official, the passports was arranged by
an agent based in Kathmandu who had further got their visa and
ticketing formalities arranged through another travel agent
based in Delhi.

Raids carried out at various places in the capital helped
the team in nabbing the travel agent R P Yadav from Shakarpur
area in East Delhi.

Yadav had allegedly charged Rs 1.6 lakh from each
passengers for their journey as well as employment in Kabul.

"Both the passengers are already working as security
guards at various camps of allied international forces based
in Afghanistan since December 2009," the official said.

Police have also recovered a visiting card of a manpower
services agency based in Afghanistan owned by a Nepalese
travel agent who facilitates jobs for these people in various
parts of the war-torn country.

The investigating team has also been able to recover a
list of Nepalese citizens who are suspected to have
fraudulently procured Indian passports and are currently
employed in Afghanistan as security guards.

Copies of e-tickets, pass books, visa application forms
and copies of passports were also recovered from the
possession of the agent.

"Both the arrested passengers has revealed that they did
not file any application form for getting the Indian
passports. They had simply provided their photographs to the
travel agents who got their Indian passports made from
Guwahati," the official said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 17:26

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