Gulf-bound fraudster held at Calicut airport

DUBAI - A Sharjah-bound Indian national was arrested at the Calicut airport on Monday after 31 fake Indian passports, 15 university certificates and fake UAE visas were recovered from him.

By Riyasbabu (Our staff reporter)

Published: Fri 11 Jul 2008, 1:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:09 PM

The man, identified as P. Nisar, is allegedly linked with gangs operating in some Gulf countries and in India that deal in counterfeit passports and university certificates, said M. Rajeev, Deputy Superintendent of Intelligence Department at Calicut Airport over telephone.

Nisar was carrying the forged passports and other documents wrapped in carbon paper in an apparent attempt to avoid detection by the scanners at the airport. The passports were placed in the side pockets of his handbag, Rajeev said.

The officer said, “His passport showed that he had travelled between UAE and India several times in a year. His behaviour also aroused suspicion. When we checked his handbag, we found all the forged documents."

"During interrogation, he claimed that he was carrying the bag for some people in Dubai and that he was not aware about the forged documents in his bag. However, further interrogation proved that he was working as a carrier for a gang operating in India and the Gulf that is involved in forging important documents," he said.

The authorities in India are coordinating with the UAE authorities in the investigations.

The Consul-General of India in Dubai, Venu Rajamony, said the mission is aware of the fraudulent activities of gangs involved in forging Indian passports and other documents.

"We have informed the local security agencies as it is a security threat for India as well as the UAE," said Rajamony.

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