Human trafficking racket busted
The Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have busted an interstate gang involved in human trafficking with the arrest of two agents in the racket.
The accused have been identified as Amarjeet Singh Multani of Kurukshetra district in Haryana, and Vishal Marwah of Rohini sector-11, here.
“The gang was busted after one Pavinder Singh of Karnal district in Haryana was deported from the United States of America for holding a fake passport,” said R A Sanjeev, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Indira Gandhi International Airport). On scrutiny of Pavinder’s travel documents, it was found that the departure stamp affixed on his passport showed that he departed from IGI Airport on December 9, 2010, whereas as per his departure and Passport Information Services on Net (PISON) report, he actually departed on April 7, 2010.
It established that Pavinder did not leave Delhi on the passport he was holding. “As per PISON report, the passport belonged to Sandeep Kumar, who hails from Gurdaspur district in Punjab,” the DCP (IGIA) added. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Passports Act was later registered at IGI Airport police station and investigation taken up.
During investigation, Pavinder, who was arrested on February 16, confessed in his disclosure statement that his journey was arranged by Amarjeet and Vishal on consideration of Rs 22 lakh.
“Both the agents had been absconding since then. Raids were later conducted at their residences and non-bailable warrants were issued against them from the Dwarka Court,” Sanjeev said. They were finally arrested by a team of IGI Airport police station on a specific information. The police claim that Amarjeet is involved in five cases of human trafficking and was previously arrested in 2004. Another agent Vishal was also wanted in a case in which 105 passports were recovered from an unclaimed bag at the airport.
Ten agents have already been arrested from Delhi, Punjab, Hyderabad, Gujarat and Mumbai for their involvement in the unclaimed bag case.
“Further probe of the case is under progress. Both the accused were produced in Dwarka Court. While Vishal was remanded to judicial custody, Amarjit has been remanded to police custody for a day,” Sanjeev said.