Immigration racket kingpin tries to flee, held

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 21:08

New Delhi: An alleged kingpin of an
immigration racket and his brother-in-law, who escaped from
Ludhiana Jail using forged documents 10 days ago, were
arrested in the national capital when they were trying to flee
from the country, police said on Wednesday.

Vipin Sharma (34) and his brother-in-law Aman Alam (26)
were arrested from the airport and GT Karnaal Road Bypass
respectively on November 6, a senior police official said.
Forged documents used for escaping from jail have been
recovered from their possession. Sharma is involved in 23
cases of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, attempt
to murder and wrongful confinement registered at various
police stations in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

Sharma was arrested by Special Cell on May 18 and was
booked under MCOCA. Alam is also a proclaimed offender in six
cases.

"Both of them were shifted to Ludhiana Jail for trial of
cases registered against them there. Sharma and Alam managed
to secure release from jail in connivance with some officials
of Jail and Punjab Police on October 31 and November 2
respectively on the basis of forged production warrants," the
official said.

On October 13, a Delhi court had ordered that Sharma,
Alam and other three accused to be lodged in Tihar rather than
in Ludhiana. Later it was learnt that all the above accused
persons managed to return to Ludhiana jail despite the court`s
orders.

Investigators received a tip-off that Sharma was hiding
in Mumbai while Alam in Delhi and they were planning to leave
the country.
During interrogation, Sharma said he had planned to evade
the trial of MCOCA case and other cases pending in various
courts in India and decided to flee from the country, the
official claimed.

"For executing this plan he hatched a conspiracy with his
other associates and officials of Ludhiana Jail and Punjab
Police. As planned, his associate Narender faxed a forged
production warrant for his appearance in a Delhi Court for
November 1," the official said.

After coming out of the jail, Sharma reached Mumbai and
contacted an associate in Bangkok who asked him to contact one
Rashid in Nepal. Rashid allegedly provided fake travel
documents to the US via Mexico, he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 21:08

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