Since 2017, 35 foreign nationals arrested from IGI for using fake travel documents
New Delhi: As many as 35 foreign nationals who tried to escape the country illegally were arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). Police said all the accused were booked under the foreigner's act. The Delhi police data on the foreigner's act revealed that since 2017, IGI police have registered 31 cases and nearly 29 cases were solved. "In 2017-14 cases, 2018-14 and 2019 (till June)-three cases were registered with IGI police," data said. On the other hand in the year 2017-13 cases were solved whereas in 2018-13 and 2019-three cases were worked out by the investigating teams.
The data further revealed that 18 persons were nabbed in 2017 whereas in 2018 as many as 14 persons were caught and in current year three foreign nationals arrested while they tried to flee other countries through fake travel documents.
Recently on June 12, a foreign national who tried to flee Uganda with the help of fake documents were caught by airport staffs and later police were informed about the incident. The complainant in the case told police that he was performing counter officer duty when a female passenger holding a Ugandan passport approached. "During clearance, it was found that the image in the passport was not the image of the pax and was someone else's and the pax was trying to seek departure immigration clearance," the complainant told the police. Later during questioning, she admitted her illegal act.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that in most of the cases accused fiddled with the documents. "Proper action is being taken after such cases surfaced," added DCP IGI. Another police officer said that apart from IGI cases, in various incidents it has been found that the foreign nationals are illegally staying in India even after their visa period is over. "Once law enforcement agencies found them (foreign nationals) they are deported back," added the investigator.
According to Delhi Police, the area of IGI Airport
covers approx. 35 sq. kms. and witnesses a floating population of about 2.5 lakh people every day.
There are three airport terminals handling about 1700 Domestic and International lights per day, one AFS technical area for VIP movement and a commercial business centre namely Aerocity.