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3 Bangladeshis held with forged Nepali passports at IGI airport

Police said the men identified their agent as Shauqat,a resident of Delhi. They said they had paid him to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Central Intelligence agencies are investigating a case in which three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in two separate incidents last week with forged Nepali passports.

Sources said the agent,who helped the three men procure Nepali passports,might have facilitated the travel of seven more Bangladesh nationals abroad using the same modus operandi.

They are also probing the role of a middleman working in IGIA. CCTV footage too is also being examined.

According to police,on September 24,a passenger by the name of Kumar Lamichhane approached the immigration desk for clearance. He was travelling to Saudi Arabia by an Air India flight along with another passenger by the name of Bhan Koiri.

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Sources said as soon as they reached the counter,the two began talking on their cellphones. They simultaneously produced their passports which had an address in Nepal.

The immigration officer grew suspicious when he noticed that the two weren’t conversing in Nepali and were a little nervous.

The officer informed the airport security and the men were detained. During questioning,they tried misleading investigators by first claiming to be from Nepal and later saying they were from Jammu and Kashmir.

Police said the two again changed their version and said they were residents of Gorakhpur,UP. On sustained questioning,the two men told police that they were Bangladeshis and they were speaking to their agent when they approached immigration.

Their cellphones were seized and call records revealed that all incoming calls were from Bangladesh.

Sources said the two identified their agent as Shauqat,a resident of Delhi. They said they had paid him money to travel to Saudi Arabia and that he had facilitated travel of many others from Bangladesh in a similar manner.

Two days before their arrest,another Bangladeshi national had been arrested. He too has named Shauqat as his agent. Police have recovered Bangladeshi SIM cards and Nepali citizenship cards from the three men.

Three cases of forgery and cheating have been registered. Teams have been formed to nab the agent.