- A 32-year-old Indian man disguised himself as an 81-year-old in a wheelchair in a brazen attempt to fly to the US with a fake passport, the Indian police say.
- The man, identified as Jayesh Patel, was arrested at an airport in New Delhi on Sunday night trying to use a passport that said he was Amrik Singh, born in February 1938.
- “His voice didn’t match his age,” a spokesman from India’s Central Industrial Security Force told the Indian news agency IANS. “Despite grey hair, his skin seemed to be quite young as there were hardly any wrinkles on his face.”
- An officer in the Delhi Police told the Indian outlet NDTV that Patel “was planning to go to the US for a job” and had managed to get a US visa using the fake passport.
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A 32-year-old Indian man dressed as an 81-year-old man in an apparent attempt to fly to the US on a fake passport, the Indian police say.
Jayesh Patel was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport by India’s Central Industrial Security Force in New Delhi at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, the Indian outlet NDTV reported.
Patel tried to board a flight to New York using a passport with the fake name of Amrik Singh, an 81-year-old born in Delhi in February 1938, the Central Industrial Security Force said.
In two separate incidents, #CISF nabbed two passengers, one each for impersonation and carrying dual passports at IGI Airport, New Delhi. Passengers handed over to Delhi Police officials. pic.twitter.com/Mo7Gazeeox
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) September 9, 2019
But the disguise wasn’t good enough.
“He posed as if he was very old and incapacitated,” Shrikant Kishore, a senior official with the CISF, told CNN.
“Our screener asked the person in the wheelchair to stand. He said that he cannot stand. Our screener asked if he would stand with support. He reluctantly stood up.”
Hemendra Singh, a representative for CISF, told the Indian news agency IANS that Patel “even tricked the initial security check and got his immigration cleared.”
Singh added: “CISF was suspicious about him as his voice didn’t match his age. Despite grey hair, his skin seemed to be quite young as there were hardly any wrinkles on his face.”
The CISF said Patel admitted to impersonating an old man and using a fake passport.
Sanjay Bhatia, a senior police officer with the Delhi Police, told NDTV that Patel “was planning to go to the US for a job.”
“His beard was grown and hair was dyed grey,” Bhatia said. “He was made to wear a pair of thick glasses and a turban. He was also instructed to walk like an elderly person.”
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