Anjuli Sehgal was arrested as she landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi from Cyprus, where she lived for four years. She is the 83rd suspect to be arrested in the 2008 Moga passport scam by Punjab police.
A team from special investigation cell (SIC) on Tuesday arrested Anjuli, who originally hails from Pahowa in Haryana. She is alleged to have secured a new passport in 2008 from Chandigarh on the basis of fake proof of residence. She had claimed to be living at Dunne Ke village in Moga.
"Immigration officers at the New Delhi airport tipped the Moga police about Anjuli," said a police official here on Tuesday. "Assistant investigation officer Tejinder Singh led the special police team that caught her from there."
Anjuli had secured her passport as Kulwinder Kaur, daughter of Balwinder Singh of Dunne Ke village, said superintendent of police Satpal Singh Bhangu. "The SIC found no Kulwinder Kaur and Balwinder Singh at the address given," Bhangu added. "She had secured the passport once before from Chandigarh under her original name, Anjuli Sehgal."
Over the past four years, the SIC has caught 83 people from international airports in New Delhi, Kolkata and Amritsar, and many another suspects abroad are under the scanner.
From 1995 to 2008, three head constables in the security branch of Moga SSP are believed to have run the fake-passport network. Policemen Jaswinder Singh, Gurdial Singh, Ranjit Singh; and Didar Singh, a clerk in the Chandigarh regional passport office, are main suspects.
The SIC has registered criminal cases against more than 800 people, many of whom flew to the United Kingdom, Canada, the Philippines, Spain, Cyprus, France, Germany, the US and some other western countries on fake passports.
Policemen, two postmen, many travel agents in Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Moga, Dharamkot, and Baghapurana and passport officials in Chandigarh were part of a chain that prepared fake birth certificates, ration cards and another bogus documents on the basis of fake addresses of Duneke village, Mudki Road in Baghapurana, Guru Ram Dass Nagar in Moga and some other localities of Moga.