Two travel agents held for entering Chandigarh airport on forged e-tickets
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Monday arrested two Ludhiana-based travel agents for using forged e-tickets to enter the Chandigarh International Airport.
Their motive: To “show off” their connections to a group of tourists.
Rajan Juneja and Naveen Kumar, who run a tours and travel agency, were accompanying 30-odd tourists who were to board an Indigo flight to Hyderabad for a religious trip to Tirupati Balaji Temple.
The duo managed to reach the check-in counter area along with the group, who had booked the tour with their agency, by showing forged e-tickets, said HS Bal, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), airport police station.
However, when they tried to come out, the CISF personnel found the forgery and arrested them.
During questioning, the two confessed that they were just trying to “show off” their connections with the airport officers to the tourists. While one of them forged a passenger’s e-ticket in his name, the other reused an older e-ticket. They managed to reach the high-security check-in counter area but were busted while returning after seeing off the tourists, said Bal. The CISF personnel handed over the two to the Mohali police.
“We have booked them for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy,” said the DSP. Police have also obtained their two-day remand to further probe their modus operandi and motive.
A case has been registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged electronic record) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.