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Travel agent arrested in Moga passport scandal case

Travel agent Manjit Singh, one of the prime accused in the Moga passport scandal, was on Sunday arrested by Punjab police.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 09:07 IST

Travel agent Manjit Singh, one of the prime accused in the Moga passport scandal, was on Sunday arrested by Punjab police.

Singh, who had been absconding since the case was registered on July 23 last year, was nabbed while he was trying to enter a resort to join a marriage party, police said.

Police had on January 23 filed a chargesheet against three of the accused Moga policemen Gurdial Singh, Ranjit Singh and Jaswinder Singh and Bhupinder Singh Brar, a travel agent from Dharamkot, in a Faridkot court in the case.

The accused allegedly secured more than 400 passports based on forged documents in Moga during a two-year period with the connivance of officials of the Regional Passport Office though the applicants belonged to other districts.

The case was registered on the complaint of a former serviceman Harbax Singh of Chandigarh who had sought information under the Right to Information Act.

Harbax had sought to know how the accused got a fake passport made in the name of Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Ghuman village of Gurdaspur district who had gone to France about five years back, on a fake address.

The kingpins of passport scam- head constables Ranjit Singh and Jaswinder Singh-- in connivance with Manjit Singh allegedly applied for a passport in the name of Gurpreet after submitting forged documents and later received passport with the help of postman on fake address.

Postman Om Prakash of Baghapurana was arrested on July 24 last year.