Name on fake passport listed on look-out notice,man held

The plan was to find any means to escape from he “clutches” of an employer in Muscat and return to India,but Mohammed Danish landed himself in trouble when he decided to procure a fake passport.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2012 12:53 am

The plan was to find any means to escape from he “clutches” of an employer in Muscat and return to India,but Mohammed Danish landed himself in trouble when he decided to procure a fake passport.

Using a passport under the name of Abdul Rashid,Danish managed to clear the immigration at the Muscat airport,but landed in police net in Delhi as Rashid’s name features on the ‘look-out circular’.

The officials waiting at the arrival wing of Immigration at the Indira Gandhi International Airport detained Danish on Saturday.

A look-out circular alerts the authorities about people wanted by the police.

When Danish/Rashid came for Immigration clearance,the department checked his passport and it was found to be the name on the look-out circular,an official said.

In a statement to police,an Immigration official said,“The traveller had travelled to Jeddah in April this year in search for a job. He claims that his employer destroyed his passport there and made him a captive. Because of which he had to resort to wrongful means to get a fake passport.”

Danish told police that his employer in Muscat had kept his passport with him and when he asked for it to return to India,the employer refused. He also told police that he was exploited by his employer and so decided to flee.

According to police,Danish told them that he met an agent from Kerala who arranged a passport for him in the name of Rashid by replacing his photograph for a sum of Rs 2 lakh. Danish said he did not know that the passport he is getting is on the look-out circular.

“Many such cases have come to light of late. In Arab countries,the employers take the passports of their employees and give them a document called ‘Akama’. The employee can move around the Arab countries using that document,but if they wish to leave the country,they can’t. Their employers do not give them their passports and keep them captive. They then exploit and force them to work. In most cases,the employees do not have another option but to approach the grey market for a fake passport,” a police official said.

A senior police officer said,“We are investigating the matter. We have to check all claims the accused is making. An investigation is underway. We have registered a case for impersonation,cheating and travelling with fake document in the matter.”

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