Two Indians have been detained at the Helsinki airport in Finland after they were allgedly found to have travelled on fake immigration authorisation from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi.
An inquiry has been initiated by security agencies after an immigration seal stamp bearing number 'A-42' was found lying unclaimed in the washroom of the IGIA's T3 on July 19.
After a CISF surveillance and intelligence team was alerted about the unclaimed seal, the force quickly logged on to the airport database to check the antecedents of all those air travellers who have been stamped with the said immigration stamp to check possible fraud travellers.
"Even when the probe was on, another CISF team led by Assistant Commandant AK Uprety intercepted two people named Kuldip Singh and Dalvider Singh Lidder in the airport after their movements were found to be suspect," airport sources said.
The CISF team, according to sources, immediatley recognised Lidder who was apprehended by them and handed over to police in October 2010 in an alleged fake immigration case.
Lidder and Singh were supposed to take an Air India flight to Amritsar but they expressed their unwillingness to travel after Singh complained of ill-health, they said.
When probed further and on the basis of inputs given by the duo, the CCTV footage led the CISF team to two people who had boarded a flight to Helsinki.
Both Lidder and Singh, in the recorded CCTV footage, were seen with the duo who boarded the flight to Helsinki and it was here that the CISF smelt the rat.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sleuths immediately alerted the immigration authorities about these two people who on their part alerted their counterparts in Finland.
The two, who have now been detained and would in all possibility be deported back from Finland, have been identified as Manoj Kumar Gupta and Sukhvinder Kaur, they said.
Security agencies, who keep round-the-clock vigil at the sensitive IGI airport, immediately swung into action and have launched a probe to check if the unclaimed seal that was found in the washroom was an original one or a fake replica and if other people have travelled out of India in an illegal manner similarly.