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 later handed over to the local police, who arrested him. This is the second case in the last fortnight, where a Bangladeshi national has been arrested with a fake Indian passport.
The arrested accused, Shah Zamal, 39, had illegally entered India and has been staying here for the past eight years. The police said that he had come to India to earn a living, as there is a lot of poverty and unemployment in his village.
Zamal met an Indian national in West Bengal, who is said to have forged documents and got him the passport issued from the Kolkata passport office in 2013 under the name of Rakibul Umajuddin.
On April 30, Zamal reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to take a flight to Saudi Arabia. However, around 10.30am, during an immigration check, he was detained based on suspicion. His credentials were cross checked and were found to be malicious.
He was then handed over to the Sahar police. A FIR has been registered against him under The Passport Act 1967 and The Foreigners Act 1946. He has been remanded in police custody till May 5 for further probe.
The Sahar police are probing whether he used this passport in the past as well. They will be writing to the passport authorities in West Bengal to find out with what documents he managed to get the fake Indian passport.
As reported by Hindustan Times last month, Mohammad Momin Shaikh, 22, a Bangladeshi national was arrested in Bandra (East) by the Nirmal Nagar police for possessing a fake Indian passport. Shaikh had entered India illegally and was staying here for past three years.