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68-year-old man tries to pass off as octogenarian at IGI airport, arrested

68-year-old man tries to pass off as octogenarian at IGI airport, arrested

New Delhi: A 68-year-old man was arrested at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for impersonating as octogenarian. The investigating agency said that the accused had been travelling abroad with the help of fake passport.

Gurdip Singh (accused), a resident of Moga in Punjab, landed in Delhi from Hong Kong on Thursday and approached the immigration officer counter. He gave a document at the counter for immigration clearance.

Singh appeared suspicious to the immigration officer who felt that he looked much younger than his age. Singh's date of birth in the (fake) passport was October 20, 1930, that means he was impersonating as an 89-year-old. The accused was questioned and he revealed his real name. Singh further stated that he departed for Hong Kong last year on the basis of Hong Kong permanent residence card and Indian passport issued in the name of Karnail Singh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that Gurdip Singh, during interrogation, stated that he went first time from India to Hong Kong on his own passport in 1995 and thereafter regularly he visited there.

"But despite best efforts, he couldn't obtain the permanent ID of Hong Kong. Thereafter in 2006, he contacted an agent who arranged a fake passport. Since 2008 he was visiting Hong Kong on the fake passport and also got the permanent ID of Hong Kong, " said DCP IGI.

A case has been registered under the relevant sections and further investigation is underway. Investigators added that they are probing the angle why people are changing their looks to flee other country.

Recently a 32-year-old man was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly impersonating as an octogenarian passenger by using a fake passport. He wanted to go to the United States for employment. He had coloured his hair and beard white and arrived in a wheelchair to board a flight to New York from the Indira Gandhi International Airport allegedly using a fake passport with the name of Amrik Singh, aged 81.

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