An employee at the counter of a mobile service provider at Terminal 3 was arrested on Saturday on charges of cheating and forgery after he reportedly issued a SIM card to a man on a forged passport belonging to an Afghan national.
The IGIA police have learnt that the man, Vinish Kumar, has issued such SIM cards earlier and are investigating if this was done for money or for other reasons.
Police said Kumar manned the counter in the ‘meet and greet area’ of T3. According to CISF sources, around 9.30 am, Alok Kumar Yadav of Azamgarh arrived by Air India flight AI116 from London. After clearing immigration and customs checks, he went to purchase a SIM card from Kumar’s counter. A little later, he approached a CISF personnel at the terminal saying he had lost his passport.
“This confused the personnel since Yadav had just arrived from London. When the personnel questioned Yadav further, he told him that he had purchased a SIM card from Kumar’s counter and noticed his passport missing a little later,” a CISF officer said.
The CISF personnel accompanied Yadav to the counter and questioned Kumar who then told him that he had issued the SIM card to Yadav on the basis of an Afghan national’s passport.
Vinish was immediately apprehended and handed over to the Delhi Police who registered a case under sections of 420 (cheating) 464 (making a false document) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC.
A police officer said, “Kumar confessed to issuing SIM cards on the basis of forged identities”.
Explaining the modus operandi, the officer said, “In case a passenger was travelling with a relative or two, Kumar would take a photocopy of their passports as well saying he needed them for verification. He would then issue SIM cards on the basis of these photo copies. We are trying to verify how many SIM cards he has issued in this manner. This is a threat to national security.”