Two Nepalese nationals, who had fraudulently obtained Indian passports to get placed as security guards in Afghanistan, were arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Sunday. The police have also arrested a human trafficking agent in this connection.
The fraud was detected by the immigrations officials at the IGI Airport. On their complaint, the police arrested the two accused, identified as Vishnu Nath Gurung and Krishna Bahadur Rai.
During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they had procured the passports in their names purportedly from the Regional Passport office in Guwahati through a Kathmandu-based agent. Their visas and tickets were arranged by another travel agent in the Capital. Subsequently a police team arrested the agent, Ramesh Prasad Yadav, in Shakarpur. The agent had charged Rs.1.6 lakh each from the passengers to facilitate their journey and employment in Kabul.
The two Nepalese national were working as security guards at various camps of the Allied International Forces in Afghanistan since December 2009. The police have found a visiting card of an Afghanistan-based manpower services being run by a Nepalese national.
The police have also prepared a list of the Nepalese nationals who are suspected to have fraudulently obtained Indian passports and are presently working as security guards in Afghanistan. “Several incriminating documents including copies of e-tickets, visa application forms and copies of passports were seized from the agent,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) O. P. Mishra.
The Nepalese accused disclosed that they had not even applied for the Indian passports. They simply provided their photographs to the travel agents, who got the passports made.