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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Travel agents’ nexus suspected

Gaurav Kanthwal
Tribune News Service
Zirakpur, November 9

A nexus of travel agents is suspected to be involved in facilitating passports by forging documents in connivance with two policemen posted at the Zirakpur police station. Two Punjab-based drug peddlers with criminal record had paid money to get their passports made on forged documents in connivance with the dismissed policemen of the Zirakpur police station.

The Mohali police investigation has also hit upon a Ludhiana-based travel agent who facilitated procurement of passports by dubious means. Police officials say his arrest in the coming days would throw up more names. It has come to light that Raman Kumar, a Dera Bassi travel agent, who was arrested yesterday, was part of the chain of inter-state travel agents who solicited clients.

Raju Basaudi, a fugitive and notorious gangster of Haryana, also got his passport issued through them.

Officials said 41 passports have been made on forged papers in the past two years and there are good chances that the number may increase in the coming days.

"It is not clear whether all 41 passports made on forged documents are of gangsters. As the investigation progresses, more details will emerge. As of now, three passports, one of a Haryana fugitive and two drug peddlers from Punjab, have been verified," said Mohali SSP Satinder Singh.

The disgraced cops, Rajinder Singh and Sukhwant Singh, were part of an inter-state nexus who took bribes in facilitating passports on forged documents, reveals police investigation.

The police officials are in the process of writing to the passport office and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to get all passports cancelled and the entry-exit of the accused blocked in a day or two.

from The Tribune

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