Tarsem Singh, latest victim of the Moga passport scam was arrested by the special investigation cell (SIC) of punjab police on returning from Italy after 4 years at the Amritsar International Airport on Tuesday.
After the capture of two British settlers this week, SIC arrested Tarsem Singh the 84th suspect of the scam as he was returning from the Italian capital, Rome. He is originally from Manak Rai village in Jalandhar district.
After registering a case against Tarsem Singh at Moga, the Indian home department had revoked his passport. Tarsem came to Amritsar on Tuesday holding an emergency slip issued by the Indian embassy in Rome.
The embassy gave input to the SIC that Tarsem had boarded the flight to Amritsar on Monday night. "The tip prompted assistant investigation officer Tejinder Singh to move his team to the Amritsar airport. There the squad laid a trap," said deputy superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Kingra, chief investigation officer of the SIC.
Tarsem Singh had prepared his original passport from Jalandhar, submitting the address of his native village, Manak Rai. A few years ago, he had gone to Turkey, Greece and some other countries on that passport but overstayed his visa.
"On returning to India, he secured a new passport from Chandigarh in 2007, submitting a fake residential address which was, house no 757, Guru Ram Das Nagar, Moga with the help of some police officials," said Kingra.