A 33-year-old Bangladeshi national, who tried to fly out of the country to go to Dubai on a fake Indian passport was detained by the immigration officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Andheri (East) on Monday. He was later placed under arrest and is presently in custody of the Sahar police, who are interrogating him to find out how he got the fake passport. This is the third Bangladeshi national arrested with a fake Indian passport this year .
According to the Sahar police, the accused, Kabir Ahmed, 33, a resident of Thane, tried to go to Dubai on a fake Indian passport on 11th May. Ahmed was to take an early morning flight scheduled for 4 am. However, an immigration official grew suspicious of Ahmed, and he was detained for further investigation.
After verifying his credentials over a period of five days, it was ascertained that he was not an Indian national. He was handed over to Sahar police on Monday, where a FIR has been registered against him under cheating and forgery sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of Foreigners Act and Passport Act and rules.
A police official said that the passport was issued in 1999. It is unclear whether the passport has been issued by the Mumbai passport office or has been completelyforged. The police are also probing for how long Ahmed has been staying illegally in the country. Senior police inspector Baburao Mukhedkar of Sahar police station told HT, “The accused was produced before a magistrate court and remanded to our custody till Friday. Further probe is on.”
A Bangladeshi national who tried to fly to Saudi Arabia allegedly on a fake Indian Passport issued three years ago in West Bengal was detained by the immigration officials at the International Airport in Andheri (East). He was handed over to the local police, who arrested him.
The Nirmal nagar police in Khar (East) recently arrested a 22-year-old Bangladeshi national for allegedly possessing a fake Indian Passport.