Delhi: 4 arrested for illegal trafficking

New Delhi: Four persons have been arrested in connection with recovery of 105 passports from an unclaimed baggage at Indira Gandhi International Airport here with police on Friday claiming to have smashed a human trafficking racket.

A case was registered early this month after Customs officials handed over the baggage which came in a Turkish Airlines flight a year ago and was seized during checking.

Investigators claimed that the racket used Qatar, Turkish and Emirates airlines for trafficking people to the United States. They used to make people come to Delhi and take them to Istanbul and then Guatemala.

The illegal immigrants were made to enter the US through forests, they said.

Sawan Rajnikant Trivedi from Ahemedabad, Guramrit Pal Ahmedabad from Punjab, Shashi Kiran Reddy from Hyderabad and Sujeet Kumar from Delhi were arrested following investigations into the seizure of the baggage containing passports.

Investigators had suspected these passports could have been used by a human trafficking racket.

Trivedi, who was kidnapped for ransom in 2006, had allegedly carried the baggage of 105 passports from Guatemala through Istanbul to Delhi.

"The baggage was delayed at the time of arrival which was later received by Custom at IGI. Trivedi has a good network in Gujarat, Delhi and Guatemala," a senior police official said.