Ex-employee entered Delhi airport thrice with fake ID card, helped gold smugglers

New Delhi: Exposing loopholes in the security at the Delhi international airport, a former airport employee used a forged pass to enter the premises thrice before being caught by the Customs for allegedly helping gold smugglers.
The accused, Mohammed Nasir, used to work with a company at the Delhi airport and had a valid airport entry pass till October 2016. After he left the job, he made a replica of the pass and used to gain access to the airport.
“On May 25, Customs nabbed a passenger and a former staff member with 24 gold bars worth Rs 80 lakh. Investigation revealed that Nasir, who was helping the passenger in dodging Customs check, had left the job and was using a forged pass. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was informed and they got him arrested,” a senior police officer said.
Questioning revealed how Nasir had taken advantage of cracks in the security arrangement at Delhi airport.
Sources said that Nasir’s employer did not deposit his AEP after he quit, which could have prevented the security breach. The accused scanned the old AEP, changed the dates and pasted the old hologram on it.
The BCAS had planned to install biometric system at the entry gate to check unauthorized entry, but the plan is gathering dust. To ensure such cases are not repeated, the Delhi Police have asked the companies to deposit the AEP after staff is off-duty.
“We have told the companies to deposit AEP when staff leaves so that they don’t get the chance to replicate it. Many staff are found involved in gold smuggling and airlines and CISF has been asked to carry out random checks when they leave the duty,” the Delhi Police officer said.

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