When the police came knocking at the doors of Wariam Singh – a travel agent in Chittaranjan Park on Saturday night – to nail him regarding a forged visa case, he thought he could get away by bribing them.
But he was wrong. The police not only arrested him, but also booked him for corruption. The police were on his lookout as he had sent several people abroad on forged visas and passports.
Singh’s name cropped up after immigration officials at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) arrested four of a family, including two children, when they were trying to board a flight to Austria on Friday night.
Mahendra Jeet Khurana and his wife Avinash Khurana were arrested at IGI airport along with their two children. The Khuranas belong to Afghanistan and had been staying in India as refugees. They wanted to go settle down in Austria.
“During interrogation, they told us that the passports had been arranged by a person named Wariam Singh, who lives in CR Park,” said a senior police officer. The passports were issued from Bangalore.
The police said they had been on Wariam’s lookout for several months now, as he was wanted in at least five more cases of human trafficking registered at the IGI airport police station.
“When the police reached his house, he offered a bribe of Rs 11 lakh. He asked the police to let him go after accepting the money,” said the officer.
A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at the Chittaranjan Park police station on the complaint of Inspector Bharat Kumar. Another case of cheating and forgery was already registered against Singh at the IGI airport police station.
“We have taken Singh into custody and are grilling him to know the entire chain of the human trafficking racket,” said the officer.