Hasam Khan used fake passport to enter India from Pakistan: BSF
The mystery over how an Indian man, who had lived in Pakistan for 27 years, crossed over to India early this year deepened with the BSF on Friday claiming that he used a fake Pakistani passport to enter India through Attari border check-postUpdated: Nov 03, 2017 20:15 IST
The mystery over how an Indian man, who had lived in Pakistan for 27 years, crossed over to India early this year deepened with the BSF on Friday claiming that he used a fake Pakistani passport to enter India through Attari border check-post.
Hasam Khan, who crossed over to Pakistan in 1990, was arrested by CID (border intelligence) from Union Circle of Jaisalmer city on October 9.
An FIR registered against him said Khan, with the help of a Pakistani national, had illegally entered India through Jhalriya border outpost in Jaisalmer district.
The BSF, however, contradicted the claim on Friday. During intensive checking of records of international land border at Munabao and integrated check-post (ICP) at Attari, it was found that Khan entered India on April 3 this year through Atari border using a fake passport, a top BSF officer said at a press conference here.
CCTV footage of Attari ICP confirmed that Khan entered India though the check-post using fake passport, said Anil Paliwal, Inspector General of BSF Rajasthan frontier.
Khan had given names of his relatives in Shergarh in Jodhpur district as a reference for visa, Paliwal said, adding that mobile number of the person given as reference was now switched off.
According to the FIR, Khan was living with his sister in Pakistan’s Kandaru (Umarkot) village. His other family members live in Jaisalmer’s Siyalon Ki Basti.
Paliwal said: “Due to fencing, flood lighting and frequent patrol along the border, it was doubtful that Khan had infiltrated the border from Jaisalmer district. We investigated all aspects... claims of crossing the border illegally were proved wrong.”
“As Jaisalmer police are investigating the matter, we have shared all information revealed during the BSF probe with them,” he said.
When contacted, CID (border intelligence) additional superintendent of police Rajeev Dutta told HT on Friday that the BSF’s claims would be investigated. “Any new information that surfaces will have to investigated,” he said.
The BSF officer said there should be biometrics checking of passengers entering India through Munabao and Attari. Besides, he said coordinating with Jaisalmer police, his force will update the list of people at border villages, whose relatives live in Pakistan.
First Published: Nov 03, 2017 20:11 IST