T. S. Shankar

Alert CISF Sub-Inspector of Police latches on to the accused He was able to dupe security personnel by displaying the company identity card, which matched the name mentioned in the e-ticket.

CHENNAI: E-ticketing may be fast catching up among the air travelling public. But, on Sunday evening, an airline e-ticket was "artificially created" by a senior executive engineer working for a South Korean automobile giant to gain entry to the Kamaraj Domestic Terminal (KDT) since the Airports Authority of India had banned entry of visitors for "security reasons".

Giving details of the misuse of modern tools of Information Technology, airport sources told The Hindu here on Monday that Soma Raju, a resident of Anna Nagar West, gained entry through the main entrance of the KDT by flaunting a faked Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) e-mail ticket to see off his parents who were bound for Hyderabad.

At the first entry point, Raju was allowed to enter, on showing the paper e-ticket.

He was stopped at the second checkpoint before the departure check-in area, where he was able to dupe security personnel by displaying the company identity card, which matched the name mentioned in the e-ticket.

However, Raju finished all the pre-departure formalities for his parents and saw them off before the security hold area.

At this juncture, a vigilant Sub-Inspector of Police of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Kesavan, saw this person and wondered how he gained entry into the terminal building.

As suspicion arose, the CISF Sub-Inspector intercepted and questioned Raju about where he was going.

Raju started fumbling and said he was going to Bangalore and started running towards the newly created Departure-II module.

Hot chase

After a hot chase by the CISF personnel, Raju was caught. On perusal of the "e-ticket", the CISF authorities found that it was "faked" and did not have the Passenger Reference Number.

The CISF then handed over Raju to Meenambakkam airport police, who registered cases under IPC sections of 448 (punishment of house trespass), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 421(dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property to prevent distribution among creditors) and 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating).

Raju has been remanded to custody.

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