'Salman fan' was at Attari, her passport wasn't

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Attari
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2015 15:57 IST

Pakistani woman Chanda Khan, "a Salman Khan fan" who was caught without travel documents on Thursday, is in the surveillance-camera footage of the arriving Samjhauta Express passengers but missing from the passport record at this border checkpoint.

Around 11am on Saturday, the woman (27) was brought from Amritsar to the Attari railway station and shown the footage, in which she failed to identify her uncle with whom she had claimed to have left her passport, ticket and visa. The immigration, customs and police took her to various points at the station that receives the cross-border train from Wagah in Pakistan.

She was also shown photographs of the Pakistani passengers in the hope to identify her uncle, Rashid Khan, and was kept at the Attari railway station for more than five hours. Stunned by the security lapse so soon after the Gurdaspur terror attack, the officials here had several rounds of meeting.

After being taken off the train in Jalandhar on Thursday, Chanda had claimed that she had come to India to meet Bollywood actor Salman Khan, and one of her uncles had worked with the Hindi film star on the sets of television reality show Big Boss. Later, she claimed she had come to India to pray at the Ajmer Sharif shrine to seek a child. The train she was on would have stopped in Delhi, where intruders could target the Independence Day celebrations.

With no record of Chanda's passport at Attari, it is a mystery how she reached India and boarded the cross-border special train. She has been charged under the Passport Act and Foreign Act and the local police have declined to share more details with the media.

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