An Afghan national who was detained by the immigration authority at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), gave a slip to the security agencies and managed to escape from the high security complex.
The police said that a look out circular (LOC) was issued against the Afghan national, Ahmad Shamim. He was detained as soon as he arrived by a Spicejet flight from Kabul on Saturday afternoon.
Sources said that Shamim escaped from the domestic transfer area where similar incidents have taken place earlier as well.
CCTV footages were scanned and it was found that Shamim had walked out of the airport at 7:20 pm on Saturday. Shamim was in the custody of Spicejet's security staff and his escape raised questions on the airport's security arrangements.
Since look out circular was issued against him, the immigration officer handed him over to the shift in-charge of Spicejet airlines and directed him to deport Shamim by first available flight, as per the procedure.
"We have tracked his movement by reading the CCTV footage. Shamim was taken to the transfer area from immigration and he remained there. At around 7 pm, he started to walk towards the exit and no one noticed him," a senior police officer said.
Police sources said that the Spicejet official took over five hours to inform the Immigration authority that Shamim is untraceable.
"They informed the immigration authority after midnight claiming that they couldn't find him in the security hold area or anywhere close. We were informed after that," the officer added.
Police are questioning the Spicejet staff as Shamim escaped from their custody. However, his passport and other documents are in possession of the airline.
"Shamim had fled illegally, without any valid travel documents to enter or stay in India. Spicejet's staff is under the
scanner too," he added.
A case under the foreigners act has been registered at the airport police station.
The police are now scanning the footage obtained from the CCTV camera installed outside the airport to track Shamim's movement.