Two Tibetans arrested at Mumbai airport with forged passports on September 2 this year according to the news reports. The Tibetan duo of a man and a woman in their 30s were apprehended at the departure gate 69 of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai by the immigration authorities.
“Two Tibetan nationals were held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport this month for allegedly attempting to fly to France using forged Malaysian passports and boarding passes. Immigration authorities were alerted about the two Tibetan nationals and they were apprehended at departure gate 69 on September 2. The duo has been identified as Kunchok Wangdue (39) and Tsering Dolkar (32).” said the report in the Indian Express.
The accused duo were reported to be in possession of forged Malaysian passports bearing their photos on it while they were also holding boarding passes for an Air France Flight that reading two Malaysian names as mentioned in their passports.
“The accused told us they arrived in Mumbai on August 28 and met a travel agent. They stayed at a hotel near the airport for a few days before arriving at the airport on September 2 with legitimate tickets for an Air India flight for Ahmedabad,” said an officer at Sahar police station according to the report.
The Tibetans collected boarding passes for a domestic flight and bypassed the immigration post and crossed over to the International departure. Their agent named Sonam Yomlu gave them two Malaysian passports and later their boarding passes.
“The agent went away and returned with boarding passes for the international flight bearing the names of Malaysian nationals, Jab Hong Hing and How Yen Peng. He then gave them to the accused,” the report quoted the police officer.
The Tibetans plead that the agent cheated them over the fact that they do not know how to read English. “The agents arranged for them to travel to and stay in Mumbai and told them their tickets are in order. In the airport, the agent handed them their boarding passes and disappeared,” said the advocate representing the Tibetans.