Indian police held two Punjabis faking to be ‘Gujaratis’


| India / Thailand | 7 June 2017 | Asia Samachar |

Indian police arrested two men from Punjab on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to fly out to Bangkok from the city airport with Gujarati names on their fake passports.

The duo—Aman Singh (32) and Magar Singh alias Amar Singh (36)—was caught when immigration officials at Mumbai airport got suspicious on hearing them speak in Punjabi. The officials asked the two to step aside and speak in Gujarati. They couldn’t, reports Times of India.

During the preliminary probe, the police learned that the duo had planned to start a business on reaching Bangkok. Once settled in it, they hoped to migrate to the UK from Bangkok, as they were told it was easier to get a visa for the country from Thailand than India. Police suspect the agent who helped the duo get fake passports is part of a larger racket, the report added.

Immigration officials handed over the accused to the police for further investigation. “The duo had got in touch with a travel agent who helped them access fake documents, including Aadhar cards, electricity bills and other identity proofs, on the basis of which they applied for passports at the Ahmedabad passport office,” said an investigating officer.

The fraud was unearthed when the accused reached Mumbai airport’s immigration counter.

“The officials got suspicious on hearing them converse in Punjabi, though their passports mentioned Gujarati names and addresses. The officials then asked the duo to say something in Gujarati and found that they did not speak the language at all,” the the report quoted an unnamed officer.

Sahar police senior inspector B T Mukhedkar confirmed the incident. The two have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 419 (personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a document or an electronic record) and 34 (common intention).


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