Report: Two Iranians With Fake Israeli Passports Detained in India

Couple was arrested at an airport in south India as they tried boarding a flight to London, apparently hoping to enter the U.S. with the help of the forged documents.

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An aircraft is stationed at Chennai International Airport, India.
An aircraft is stationed at Chennai International Airport, India.Credit: Reuters

Indian media outlets reported that an Iranian couple was detained last Thursday at the Chennai International Airport in the country's south-east when the two – a 25-year-old man and a 35-year-old-woman – attempted to board a flight to London while carrying forged Israeli passports. It seems that the two were planning on using the Israeli passports to enter the United States.

“They had original Iranian passports, but they also had Israeli passports, which resulted in their detention in the airport,” police told the New Indian Express newspaper. According to the newspaper, the forged passports raised the suspicions of the immigration authorities and intelligence agencies.

An investigation of the two showed that they live and work in India, where they met and married. Their goal apparently was to immigrate to the United States, and they forged the passports because they thought that they could enter it more easily with them. According to local police, the passports were forged in Goa, where the man works, and from where the two boarded an internal flight to Chennai. 

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