The immigration branch of the Pune International Airport has installed the electronic verification system of passports. The move comes a day after Newsline reported that the system was absent and that it had led the two Myanmar nationals to evade scrutiny and fly to Sharjah on September 21.
The two were were arrested afer the Sharjah airport officials detected the fake passports and sent them back to Pune. Sources from the Pune police confirmed that a machine for the electronic verification of the passport was installed and has started functioning on Friday.
The immigration branch officers at the Pune Airport had handed over the two suspects,Ansari Mehboob Alam (24) and Gazi Najbul Hasan (23),to the Pune police on September 22. Investigations have revealed that the duo chose to travel from an airport like Pune where the system did not exist. The police are currently searching for a person who had helped the duo procure fake passports.
A police officer said the two had entered India via Bangladesh and had stayed at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh for six months. The visa has been issues to them from Jaipur while the tickets to Sharjah were booked from a travel company in Mumbai.
Alam and Hasan belong to the Rohingya community from Myanmar,many of whom are believed to have fled the country in the wake of communal violence there in the recent past.