Mystery over Pak woman’s entry in India continues

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Attari
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 21:50 IST

The entry of Pakistani national Chanda Khan, alias, Fozia, in India without valid documents remains an unsolved mystery even after her trip to Attari railway station on Monday.

Claiming herself to be a Karachi resident, Chanda was taken to Attari by the Government Railway Police (GRP) for ‘identification’ of her maternal uncle (Mamu) with whom she had claimed to have come to Attari on board Samjautha Express on Thursday.

After her arrest in Jalandhar and later in Amritsar, she told the GRP that her travel documents — passport, visa and tickets — were with her uncle, who had alighted to fetch water at Attari railway station, but did not return.

Chanda, who is in a five-day police remand, was taken to Attari railway station by the GRP for the identification of her uncle or any other person she knew. GRP officials accompanying her showed her CCTV footage that showed her standing among the passengers who had alighted from the Lahore-Attari Samjautha Express on Thursday.

When contacted, GRP officials told Hindustan Times that she was shown Thursday’s CCTV footage and was asked to identify her uncle, whom she failed to identify.

She was also made to sit before television monitors and asked to identify her uncle or any other person known to her from among the passengers who arrived from Lahore on board Samjautha Express that came on Monday.

She also had a view of the passengers who boarded the train for Lahore from Attari.
“She could not identify anyone known to her from among the passengers who arrived from Lahore or from among those who left for Lahore,” said a GRP official.

Her questioning to find out the truth will continue to get to the bottom of the mystery and her entry in India.

She was arrested under the India Passport Act.

Security lapse

Meanwhile, the immigration authorities have launched a probe to pin point the lapses that occurred on the part of their officers on Thursday, and into how Chanda managed to get past immigration counters without possessing any travel documents.

Immigration officials admitted that the matter was of a serious nature, particularly in the aftermath of the recent Dinanagar terror strike in Gurdaspur district.

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