2008 passport scam: Canada-based man held at IGI
A week after the arrest of a Philippines-based person, special investigation cell (SIC) of Punjab police has arrested a Canada-based Gurpal Singh Hansra from IGI Airport in New Delhi today morning in connection with the 2008 passport scam.Updated: May 17, 2012 21:54 IST
A week after the arrest of a Philippines-based person, special investigation cell (SIC) of Punjab police has arrested a Canada-based Gurpal Singh Hansra from IGI Airport in New Delhi on Thursday morning in connection with the 2008 passport scam.
The police had issued a Look Out Circular (LOC) to airports throughout India for catching persons involved in the preparation of passports based on fake documents allegedly with the help of head constables Jaswinder Singh, Gurdial Singh and Ranjit Singh, while they were posted at security branch of Moga SSP office.
SP Satpal Singh Bhangu said that Gurpal had arrived from Canada after five years. "Immigration officials informed Moga police about his arrival after which a police party led by sub-inspector Gurjant Singh arrested him with a fake passport prepared by showing a fake address of Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Moga," the SP claimed.
During the last four years, 85 persons have been held by SIC from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar airports.
"Gurpal had got prepared his original passport from regional passport office in Chandigarh with the address of Kamalpura village in district Ludhiana. The SIC found that he got prepared another passport based on a fake ration card, voter card and other residential proofs," said the police official.
Police said he had approached travel agent Manjit Singh of village Gill and owner of Golden travel agency for his second passport, adding that the travel agent was also involved in this fraud.
During investigations, the SIC found that more than 300 passports had been prepared with the address of the same house in Dunneke.
"Three head constables posted at the security branch of the SSP office in Moga from 1995 to 2008, and a clerk of the regional passport office in Chandigarh were the main accused in the passport scam and their names are mentioned in the main FIR," the police official added.
Police had already registered a case against Gurpal Singh Hansra regarding the fraud. "We are investigating as to how he got prepared the passport with the help of bogus documents when he already had a passport," said the SP. The accused was remanded in police custody for a day by a local court.
First Published: May 17, 2012 19:54 IST