The Crime Branch, after interrogating the police official who is allegedly involved in a human trafficking case, at Cochin International Airport Limited, Nedumbassery, suspects that he is just a small fish.
The Crime Branch strongly believes that Ajeeb is just a scapegoat to save top officials involved in the scandal.
According to Crime Branch officials Ajeeb, who is a Civil Police officer, cannot conduct the whole human trafficking operations on his own from the airport. Besides, the Intelligence Wing of the Kerala Police had sent reports against an officer in the rank of Assistant Commissioner for his illegal activities while serving for around a decade at the Immigration Wing of the airport.
“The Intelligence Wing had sent reports to the headquarters against the Assistant Commissioner around six times in the past. We strongly suspect that Ajeeb was trapped in the case after the internal inquiry was conducted on the basis of an anonymous letter.
He had garnered a good deal of money for assisting the travel agents, but there are more officials who have received double the sum that Ajeeb has made through the illegal activity,” the Crime Branch official said.
The Crime Branch also believes that Ajeeb could receive the copy of the passports of other passengers only with the assistance of higher officials.
“In the Airport Immigration Wing, only the officer in the rank of the Sub-Inspector can check and seize the passports of passengers. Ajeeb is a Civil Police officer and he can receive the copies of the passport only with the assistance of the higher officers,” the Crime Branch official said.
Crime Branch DySP P M Varghese, who is the investigation officer of the case, said that every aspect of the case would be investigated and the involvement of other police officers would be brought to light.
“It is clear that Ajeeb is not the lone person conducting the entire operation. In the coming days, the names of the people involved in the case would be unearthed,” he said.