It was a passport apprehended from 32-year-old Shahjahan Velluva Kandy, a native of Kerala, that led investigators to Tamil Nadu.

Chennai based travel agent arrested for providing ISIS sympathiser fake passport
news Crime Friday, July 14, 2017 - 09:03

A Chennai based travel agent has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell for running a fake passport racket, reports The New Indian Express.

On Wednesday, reports suggest that police narrowed down on M Mohammed Musthaffa, 26, at his native Adirampattinam village in Thanjavur district.

The arrest was reportedly made based on a tip off provided by an ISIS sympathiser who was recently deported from Turkey.

It was a passport apprehended from 32-year-old Shahjahan Velluva Kandy, a native of Kerala that led investigators to Tamil Nadu.

Shahjahan was allegedly on his way to Syria to join Islamic State, a banned terrorist group.

The passport found on him had been procured by using false documents and had a Chintadripet address, according to reports.

This is the same area from where police had arrested a head constable and postman, for colluding in a fake passport racket.

Delhi Police reportedly landed in Chennai a week back and have been looking for travel agents who helped Shahjahan procure the fake passport.

Musthaffa has reportedly been running the Well-go travel agency at Mannady in Chennai for the last four years.

He had supplied a fake passport to Shahjahan for Rs.1.5 lakh and made it seem like he was residing at Chintadripet.

The passport was reportedly identified as fake only after the flight he boarded left for Turkey.

The Turkish airport was alerted and the passport was then traced back to Musthaffa.

The travel agent was then arrested from Thanjavur, where he had reportedly gone for a wedding.

The Delhi team which made the arrest brought Musthaffa to Chennai on Thursday and conducted a detailed inquiry.

They are now reportedly investigating if there are more fake passports that have been supplied by the accused.

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