5 held at air port with forged passports

PTI, PANAJI | 22 July 2012 13:13 IST

Passport forgers arrested by police

Five persons, including three women, were today nabbed from the Goa airport for allegedly forging a stamp on their passports, police said.

The sleuths of CID (Immigration) department arrested all the five before they could board the Air Arabia flight for Sharjah.

Srinivas Rao (35) and Madarsahid Shaikh (36), both from Andhra Pradesh, were held along with Genesia Sheikh (40) from Andhra Pradesh, Cangrool Laila Parokutti Ali (34) from Kerala and Fakira Begam (40) from Karnataka at the airport this morning, a police spokesperson said.

According to police, the arrested persons had forged a stamp on their passports which enabled them to be exempted from undergoing some necessary immigration formalities.

"The stamp of 'no immigration required' was forged on their passports," he said.

All were arrested under sections 465, 466 and 471 of the Indian Passport Act. A court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Vasco, remanded them in police custody for five days.

One Suresh Gurujulla (33) was arrested on Friday by the sleuths in a similar case before he could board a Kuwait-bound flight.

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