Tuesday, February 23, 2021

To hide secret Goa trip from kin, woman fudges passport, held

Mumbai: A 28-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly tampering with the arrival date stamped on her passport. The police said that Amber Sayad fudged the stamped record of the day on which she had landed at the city airport last year. She did this to hide from her family a trip to Goa she went on soon after arriving from the Gulf last March, said an officer. Tampering with any record on a passport is a crime.

The matter came to light last week — 11 months after she had reached India from Dubai. Sayad, who used to work in Dubai for the last three years, was supposed to fly back for work last week, on February 19. When she arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Sahar, immigration officials grew suspicious on seeing her passport at the departure counter. Sayad was stopped from proceeding ahead and was questioned about the fudged record in the passport. The police said that when immigration officials questioned her about the fudged entry, she initially tried to evade questions. “She later admitted that she had changed the date using a rubber stamp. to keep under wraps her secret trip to Goa with a friend,” said a police officer.

After a day in police custody, the Andheri court on Monday sent Sayad to judicial custody.

23/02/21 Narayan Namboodiri/Times of India-

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