The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials have arrested a 32-year-old man impersonating as octogenarian at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Sunday.
The accused, identified as Jayesh Patel (32), a resident of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, had coloured his hair and sported a white beard that made him look like an 81-year-old Amrik Singh, a resident of Delhi. The accused had planned his escape well and in order to gel with his assumed identity, he arrived on a wheelchair to board a flight to New York from the IGI Airport.
According to a senior CISF official, on August 8, at around 10:45 pm, during pre embarkation security checks (frisking) at Terminal-3, a passenger Amrik, scheduled to travel to New York who was on wheelchair, reported for frisking.
"When the CISF Sub Inspector Rajbir Singh, who was on frisking duty, asked him to stand on podium for frisking but the said passenger showed his inability on the pretext that he is unable to stand, being old. The official tried to interact with him and observed that the passenger was not making eye contact during interaction," said the CISF official.
"A doubt was raised and on checking his passport it was noticed that he was holding the passport in the name of Amrik Singh, wherein date of birth was mentioned as February 01, 1938 (age 81 years). The appearance and skin texture of the passenger seemed to be much younger than mentioned in the passport," said the CISF official.
"It was noticed that he had coloured his hairs and beard with white colour. He was also wearing zero power glasses to conceal his age. As the age of the passenger was not corresponding with his physical appearance and behaviour, he was further enquired by the CISF personnel. On tactful questioning, the passenger revealed his real identity as Jayesh Patel," said the official.
"Immigration officials were informed who established the case of Impersonation. Subsequently, the passenger was handed over to Immigration officials for further necessary action," said the CISF official adding that a probe is on to know as to why he was undertaking this illegal act.
In another case, CISF officials at IGI airport have apprehended an Afghan national for allegedly carrying dual passports.
"On August 8, at about 08:00 pm, CISF officials at IGI Airport intercepted a foreign passenger in check-in area of Terminal-3, using profile basis. On enquiry, he revealed his identity as Safi Noorzai, Afghan national, bound for Phnom Penh via Kuala Lumpur," said the official.
"On suspicion, he was taken to the random checking point of departure area for thorough search. On checking of his passport it was observed that he had frequently visited Pakistan. Subsequently, his luggage was also checked thoroughly. On physical checking, a Canadian passport was also recovered in his name," said the official.
"The bio page of Canadian passport was mismatching with the passport number on cover page. The Airline Liaison Officer was contacted, who also confirmed the said passport to be fake. Later, the passenger with both the passports was handed over to Delhi Police for further legal action in the matter," said the official adding that a First Information Report (FIR) has been lodged in this regard against the passenger.