They also seized the forged Indian passport in the name of Adesh Goel. He was handed over to the IGI airport police. However, while he was being questioned by the Delhi airport police, Kathirkam managed to slip out of the police station located right next to the airport and sneaked back into the terminal.
After sneaking back into the airport terminal, sources said Kathirkam quickly analysed the list of available flights leaving Delhi. He zeroed in on Air India’s AI 126 flight ready to leave and purchased a ticket to Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the IGI airport police, who realised that the Sri Lankan had escaped, sounded an alarm and started a frantic search for Kathirkam on all the roads out of the airport. While they were looking for him outside, Kathirkam checked in and boarded the flight to Hyderabad. The FRRO and CISF were informed of the incident only at around 7am on Saturday. Police was sent an official complaint at around 2.30 pm. When security agencies started looking through the CCTV footage, they managed to identify the passenger and saw him first change his clothes and then leave for Hyderabad in another Air India flight at 5.40 pm.
“By the time this was discovered it was already 7.40 pm and the Hyderabad control room was immediately informed about the incident and a photo of the passenger was faxed to them. He had taken the Chicago-Delhi-Hyderabad flight so he did not have to change terminals. As per information, he was present in the security hold area all this time. Had security agencies been informed of this on time the man would have been caught much earlier. How can an offender be allowed to roam around the terminal and also escape in this preposterous way,” a Delhi airport source said.
A police team was dispatched to Hyderabad at 6 am on Sunday to bring the Lankan back to Delhi.Kathirkam was immediately apprehended after he disembarked from the flight and was escorted back to Delhi. TOI