Passport scam: holders may have migrated to us
Police suspect the holders of the 105 passports that were recovered from Delhi airport last month may have illegally migrated to the US.delhi Updated: Jan 11, 2012 23:49 IST
Police suspect the holders of the 105 passports that were recovered from Delhi airport last month may have illegally migrated to the US. Sources said the passports are original and according to records available with FRRO, these passport-holders had last travelled to Guatemala in Central America bordered by Mexico.
"Traffickers usually use Guatemala to enter the US. We are scanning the record of every passport-holder. But we suspect the hand of an old gang. It generally keeps with itself the original passport as it is paid after a person enters the US," said a police source.
Police are linking the incident to an old case in which 36 passports - all issued from Gujarat - were recovered from Delhi airport in September 2010. Of those 105 passports, nearly 80 were issued from Gujarat. "There has to be some link as those passports were also issued from Gujarat," the source added.
Investigation by Delhi police has so far revealed that the bag was lying in Customs warehouse since February 2011 but came to notice when the Custom department received a call offering money to get the bag released.
Police said that the baggage had come in a Turkish Airline flight and was seized by Customs as unclaimed baggage. The tag on the bag indicated it belonged to a Gujarat resident.