2 cops suspended for accepting ‘metal object’ hidden under passport from fliers at Mumbai airport
Sources said the officers were caught on CCTV accepting precious metal hid underneath the passports of two fliersmumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 12:14 IST
A police sub-inspector and a constable posted at the immigration department of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have been suspended after it was revealed that the two were allegedly compromising the immigration checks for certain ‘special’ passengers.
Police sources said the officers were caught on CCTV cameras while accepting some precious metal hiding underneath the passports of two passengers who had flown in from Dubai. The photo and flight details of these two passengers were found on the WhatsApp chats of one of the cops. These gave investigators reasons to suspect that the two could be hand-in-glove with gold smugglers operating internationally. The accused – police sub-inspector Gyanoba Waghmode and head constable Sandeep More – both attached to the immigration unit of Mumbai police’s special branch-2, were suspended over a week ago.
Supriya Patil Yadav, deputy commissioner of police, special branch-2, was unavailable for comments.
Police sources said, on January 7 this year, when Waghmode was posted at the arrival immigration counter (e-tourist visa counter), he called the two Indian passengers who had come from Dubai, to the counter despite knowing that their immigration clearance was supposed to be done at the general counter.
“He accepted some metallic object underneath the passports from the two passengers and then sent them back to the general counter for arrival immigration clearance. This act was captured on the CCTV cameras. Later, during the probe, investigators found photos and flight details of these passengers on Sandeep More’s cellphone who was caught moving suspiciously around the spot,” said a source.
More was also caught on CCTV cameras accepting ‘valuable things’ from passengers. He has done so at least 11 times.
“When More was questioned about Viru Narumal Rohara, who sent him photos and flight details of passengers through WhatsApp, he claimed he was just his friend,” said a police officer. After a preliminary probe, they were suspended pending inquiry, another officer said.