Tuesday, July 03, 2018

12 'dancers' held with counterfeit passports

Chennai: Central Crime Branch (CCB) officers of the city police on Monday arrested at Chennai airport 19 people including three women from Gujarat, suspected to be part of a human trafficking network, when they tried to board a Frankfurt-bound flight.
While 12 had fake passports and were allegedly being taken abroad in the name of dancers, the others included Rekha Mathew (vice-president), Premchand Shivakumar (administrator) and Rahul Sangrithyayan of Navi Mumbai-based dance company Choreo Culture and four dance instructors.
On Sunday night, the 19-member team from Gujarat arrived in Chennai and was to board a Lufthansa airlines flight to Canada via Frankfurt that was scheduled to depart at 1.50am on Monday.
The immigration officials scanned the passports and visas of the team members found that 12 of them were carrying forged passports.
Later, when the officials questioned them, the group members said that they were from Gujarat and formed part of a dance team that was travelling to Canada for participating in Dance World Cup-2018.
The officials from the dance firm concerned had even sent four instructors to teach the 12 with fake passports basic steps in dance to display in front of officials if required. All the 19 were offloaded by the officials and handed over to the CCB.
03/07/18 Times of India