Four AISATS employees apprehended for alleged involvement in a human trafficking racket

In a startling turn of events at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, four employees of AISATS, a joint venture between Air India Limited and SATS Limited, were detained by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking racket. The incident unfolded on Wednesday when suspicions arose regarding an Indian passenger bound for the UK on an Air India flight.

CISF officers, vigilant in their duties, discovered irregularities in the travel documents of the passenger, leading to a thorough investigation. Upon reviewing CCTV footage, it was revealed that immigration officials had initially rejected the passenger due to “doubtful” documents. Rather than seeking clarification from airline officials as advised, the passenger approached an AISATS staffer, setting off a chain of events that raised serious concerns.

AISATS, quick to respond, stated that the company had suspended the implicated employees and cooperated fully with authorities to expose the criminal activities. The joint venture, specializing in services such as ramp handling, load control, flight operations, and baggage handling, underscored its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety, legality, and ethical conduct.

The detained AISATS employees, identified as Rohan Verma, Mohammad Jahangir, Yash, and Akshay Narang, along with the passenger named Diljot Singh, were handed over to Delhi Police. A case has been booked against them, marking a significant development in what appears to be a suspected case of human trafficking.

AISATS CEO Sanjay Gupta emphasized the company’s responsibility in uncovering and preventing human trafficking operations. He confirmed the swift suspension of the involved staff, ensuring that they were promptly handed over to law enforcement for further legal action. Gupta expressed AISATS’s unwavering commitment to the integrity of its operations, promising adherence to the highest standards of safety and ethical conduct.

This incident sheds light on the persistent challenges faced by airport authorities in combating human trafficking. As investigations unfold, the CISF revealed that the detained AISATS staffers disclosed a disturbing detail: an alleged charge of Rs 40,000 per passenger for facilitating illegal boarding.

The unfolding events at Delhi Airport underscore the critical role of vigilance and collaboration between airport authorities, airlines, and security forces to curb illicit activities. The apprehension of AISATS employees serves as a stark reminder of the constant need for stringent measures to maintain the integrity of air travel and prevent criminal enterprises from exploiting vulnerabilities in the system.

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