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Pakistani woman crosses over to Punjab without passport, held

The woman said that she was a big fan of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and wanted to go to Mumbai to see him after visiting a 'Dargah' in Jhalandar.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Updated: August 1, 2015 3:34:57 am

In a security lapse that comes three days after the Dinanagar attack, a Pakistani woman crossed Attari border and travelled till Jalandhar without valid travel documents before she was arrested late Thursday.

Fauzia alias Chanda Khan, who claimed to be 27, had boarded Samjhauta Express from Wagah station in Pakistan, reached Attari and then again boarded the train to Delhi. She was de-boarded at Jalandhar station around 10 pm Thursday when she could not produce a ticket and other relevant documents. The RPF escort sought a special stoppage from the Ferozepur division to deboard her at Jalandhar where she was arrested by the GRP.

A Pakistan High Commission spokesperson said details of the women have been sought. “Following media reports, the Pakistan High Commission has approached the Ministry of External Affairs to provide us details and the factual position,” the spokesperson said.

Chanda has claimed that she was here to visit dargahs and meet actors Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. She was produced in an Amritsar court that remanded her in two-day police custody. The woman speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi and claimed to be a resident of Karachi, said police sources.

According to GRP officials, the woman has given conflicting statements. She first said she had come to pay obeisance at Ajmer Sharif Dargah so that her wish for children is fulfilled. Then she said she wanted to visit a dargah in Delhi, added officials.

“She also said after paying obeisance at the dargah, she will go to meet the actors,” said GRP SHO Jalandhar Baldev Singh Randhawa. He said the woman had a bag that contained medicines and some Pakistani currency but no passport or visa.

He said she had claimed she was travelling with her uncle, Rashid Khan who, she said, is nowhere to be found now.

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