Ex-employee entered Delhi airport thrice with fake ID card, helped gold smugglers

Nasir, who had left his job last year used a forged pass to enter the airport thrice. He was caught while attempting to help a passenger with 24 gold bars to escape Customs check.

delhi Updated: Jun 07, 2017 18:37 IST
Faizan Haidar
Faizan Haidar
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi airport,Delhi airport security
The BCAS had planned to install biometric system at the entry gate to check unauthorised entry, but the plan is gathering dust.(HT FILE)

Exposing loopholes in the security at the Delhi international airport, a former airport employee used a forged pass to enter the premises thrice before being caught by the Customs for allegedly helping gold smugglers.

The accused, Mohammed Nasir, used to work with a company at the Delhi airport and had a valid airport entry pass till October 2016. After he left the job, he made a replica of the pass and used to gain access to the airport.

“On May 25, Customs nabbed a passenger and a former staff member with 24 gold bars worth Rs 80 lakh. Investigation revealed that Nasir, who was helping the passenger in dodging Customs check, had left the job and was using a forged pass. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was informed and they got him arrested,” a senior police officer said.

Questioning revealed how Nasir had taken advantage of cracks in the security arrangement at Delhi airport.

Nasir disclosed that he worked in a company at the airport and got the AEP (Airport Entry Pass) in 2016. When he left the job last year, he forged the entry pass with the help of his co-accused, who is still at large.

“The case is under investigation and source of forgery is being ascertained,” DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia said.

Sources said that Nasir’s employer did not deposit his AEP after he quit, which could have prevented the security breach. The accused scanned the old AEP, changed the dates and pasted the old hologram on it.

The Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which frames rules related to aviation security, has also reviewed the security as it is they who prepare the pass design and claim that it cannot be forged.

“It has a hologram and security feature making it impossible to forge. Usually, people change the date and get caught. But in this case, he prepared a scanned copy of the pass which is a cause of concern. We are in the process of issuing new passes to employees and have asked the CISF to check these passes carefully,” said a BCAS official.

The BCAS had planned to install biometric system at the entry gate to check unauthorised entry, but the plan is gathering dust. To ensure such cases are not repeated, the Delhi Police have asked the companies to deposit the AEP after staff is off-duty.

“We have told the companies to deposit AEP when staff leaves so that they don’t get the chance to replicate it. Many staff are found involved in gold smuggling and airlines and CISF has been asked to carry out random checks when they leave the duty,” the Delhi Police officer said.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 14:26 IST