Two foreign women from Uzbekistan and Afghanistan forged Greek passports and flew overseas from Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) with the help of a human trafficking ring run by emigration officials and police officers, the CBI has alleged in its charge sheet submitted before the court on Tuesday.

 

The CBI probe into one of the five cases of human trafficking from the CIAL brought to light the nexus between the emigration officials and the mafia with international links. 

 

In the charge sheet filed in the CBI court in Kochi , the investigating agency listed 21 persons as accused in the sensational human trafficking case. The accused included two foreign women who were alleged to have travelled abroad from Kochi with fake passports. Noorjahan of Uzbekistan and Hameed Merzaman of Afghanistan used Greek passports issued in the name of Kasporoviskis Lisa and Krisons Alen and flew from CIAL on 4 November 2008, with the help of officials, the CBI stated.  

 

Ajeeb, one of the officers involved in the ring received Rs. 26.4 lakhs as a bribe for allowing the women to dodge verification at the airport. He used to receive the bribe from travel agents who are part of the ring, the CBI alleged.  Four police officers have been arraigned in the case.