Police smell a trafficking racket at IGI airport
Investigations into the recovery of a fake immigration stamp in a washroom at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have led the police to believe that a well organised trafficking racket is in operation. Faizan Haider reports.delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2012 09:30 IST
Investigations into the recovery of a fake immigration stamp in a washroom at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) have led the police to believe that a well organised trafficking racket is in operation.
On July 17, a fake stamp alongwith an inkpad was recovered from the washroom near the immigration counter.
Initial investigation by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police had revealed that two persons had travelled to Finland using the stamp.
Authorities in Finland were immediately informed, and the duo was detained at the Helsinki airport in Finland.
They are likely to be deported back.
"We immediately checked the list of passengers who had travelled on that stamp. CCTV footage was scanned and two persons, Kuldip Singh and Dalvider Singh, were detained," a senior police officer said.
Kuldip had earlier been arrested by the police for carrying an immigration stamp and was out on bail.
"They were supposed to take an Air India flight to Amritsar but they expressed their unwillingness to travel after Dalvinder complained of ill-health. We have detained them and are now waiting for two passengers who had travelled on a fake stamp to return," the officer added.
Sources said that the gang used to send people on fake passports and to avoid detection, they had procured fake immigration stamps to avoid the immigration channel.
"The biggest risk an illegal immigrant with a forged passport has is at the immigration counter where thorough checks are done. So these passengers with forged passports but original tickets to fly on international airlines would use fake immigration stamps and pass through the immigration counters," the officer added.
The police are questioning the Singh duo to find out how many people they have sent abroad so far.
First Published: Jul 22, 2012 23:43 IST