A Punjab police special investigation team (SIT) arrested US citizen Ritu Kumar, a native of Banga in Nawanshar from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, on Saturday for her alleged involvement in a fake passport scam that had rocked the state in 2008.
Since the scam, Punjab police have detained more than 92 people from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar airports. More than 400 people are under investigation.
A look-out-circular had been issued for Ritu Kumar.
Officials claimed that New Delhi-based Ritu Kumar had married a Banga resident and allegedly prepared her passport under the number F 8964163 from the regional passport office Chandigarh on a fake address, Balbir Nagar Baghapurana, in 2006.
"Investigations showed that she had prepared fake ration cards, school leaving certificate from government school of Lande (Moga)," said investigation officer Tejinder Singh.
It was also found that more than 700 passports had been prepared at various addresses of Dunneke village in Bhagapurana.
"Three head constables, posted at the security branch of the SSP office in Moga from 1995 to 2008, Jaswinder Singh, Gurdial Singh, Ranjit Singh and a clerk Didar Singh of the regional passport office, Chandigarh, were the main accused allegedly involved in the passport scam and their names have been mentioned in the FIR," the IO added.
She has been remanded in police custody for two days.