An Afghan couple of Indian origin were arrested on Tuesday along with their three children for allegedly using fake travel documents and passports to sneak out to Italy from Delhis IGI airport. Immigration officials caught Kish Kumar and his wife Bindra Devi before they could board their flight and handed them over to the police.
The police said the couple used similar fake documents to come to India 20 years ago from Afghanistan.
They told the police that they reached India via Pakistan through the Wagah border post. Soon after,they shifted to Delhi and Kumar started working as a salesperson in Faridabad. Since then,they have been illegally staying in India and gave birth to three children. The family then planned to move to Italy by taking the help of an agent to get fake passports.
The family ran out of luck when they were checking in at the immigration counter to catch a flight to Italy. The official at the counter grew suspicious when he heard the couple talking. They were travelling under false names of Vijay Goel and Neelam Goel,but their accent was a dead giveaway. The couple first insisted that the documents were genuine and they were going to Italy for a holiday. When the officials enquired further,the couple admitted that the travel papers were fake, a senior police officer said.
They also revealed that they hired an agent for the documents and paid Rs 48,000 to him for each passport. Police sources,however,said the amount could be much more than what the couple claimed to have paid. They even got Schengen visas on the fake passports.
A case of impersonation,creating and using a forged document,and violation of the Foreigners Act has been registered against the accused.
The police were trying to get the details of the documents that the couple may have forged when they left Afghanistan to come to India. We are also trying to ascertain if the couple had made fake documents like election and ration cards during their stay in India for the past two decades. The couple are in our custody and are interrogating them for more details, a senior police officer said.
The police were also looking for the agent who helped the Afghan family get the passports and other travel documents.
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