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118 held with fake passports in 2 months in Nepal

(Xinhua)

13:44, March 31, 2012

KATHMANDU, March 31 (Xinhua) -- The Department of Immigration ( DoI) has seized 118 Nepali nationals and foreigners for possessing fake passports in the last two months.

According to a data obtained by Saturday's Republica daily from DoI, 67 people, including 11 Indian nationals, were found in possession of fake Nepali passports in January 2012. DoI officials had also arrested a Sri Lankan national in January at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal, for using fake passport.

"The trend of using fake passports is on the rise," said Sudhir Kumar Shah, director general at DoI.

"The trend is on the rise as those using such passports are mostly illiterate and unaware about the consequence of such a grave offence," he said, adding most of those arrested were workers who had returned from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Similarly, 51 people were arrested for using fake passports at the airport in February alone. Of them six were Indian and two Chinese nationals. The two Chinese were arrested in possession of fake Japanese passports.

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