Saturday, October 15, 2022

Man impersonating Air Force officer arrested at Delhi airport

A 40-year-old man, who allegedly posed as a wing commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF), was arrested on Wednesday at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

The accused, Firoz Gandhi, is a resident of Geeta Colony, New Delhi. On Tuesday, he arrived at the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) office by posing as a wing commander and sought to renew of his Aerodrome Entry Pass (AEP), which provides entry to restricted areas.

Firoz Gandhi, in 2019, obtained the AEP by submitting forged documents and it was due to expire in November this year. He wanted to renew the pass as he was fascinated by the Indian Air Force officers' uniform.

On Wednesday, the BCAS filed a complaint at the Indira Gandhi International Airport police station alleging that a man had approached the office claiming to be a wing commander.

The BCAS received his AEP application, which had to be routed through the Indian Air Force on the Centralised Access Control System Biometric Portal.

He was apprehended on October 12 when he came to collect his pass. He was handed over to the police and a case was registered against him.

During interrogation, Firoz Gandhi revealed that he had joined the National Cadet Corps' (NCC's) air wing as an aero-modelling instructor in 2005 and worked there till 2018.

Firoz Gandhi also revealed that he was currently working as a liasoning officer at Bal Bhawan, Vikas Marg, on a contract basis.

During a search of his premises, 19 stamps of different authorities, two IAF officers' uniforms, four ID cards and three IAF diaries were recovered.

Firoz Gandhi owns a car with an IAF sticker. He also had vehicle passes of several government agencies.

15/10/22 Tanseem Haider/India Today

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