One would think a 32-year-old thinking of impersonating an 81-year-old is an idea that pops up in a movie or cartoon series but this New York bound passenger from Delhi, India took the risk.
Jayesh Patel, a resident of Ahmedabad, showed up at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday sporting a white beard and dyed hair in order to look 49 years older than his actual age, according to a report by India-based television news channel, NDTV.
The man was caught by CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel at the Delhi airport for allegedly impersonating a senior citizen by using a fake passport.
Riding on a wheelchair, Patel posed himself as Amrik Singh. Officials grew suspicious during the security check after he refused to go through frisking at the security hold area and said that he was unable to stand because he was old.
According to a report by news magazine India Today's website, sub-Inspector Rajveer Singh from the CISF suspected foul play as the man was avoiding eye contact during the interaction.
Patel was put through detailed checks, following which his original identity was revealed.
"The appearance and skin texture of the passenger seemed to be much younger than mentioned in the passport. The man was wearing zero-power glasses to conceal his age. He was later handed over to immigration officials on charges of impersonation and further probe," a CISF representative was quoted as saying in the NDTV report.
According to officials, a probe is on to know as to why he was doing this illegal act.
‘Straight out of a movie’
One Twitter user, @neelabhsa, shared an image of Patel dressed up as a senior citizen, and wrote: “Straight out of a movie scene! This is 32-year-old Jayesh Patel who presented himself as a 81-year-old man, with coloured beard and hairs, at the Delhi airport yesterday for travel to NY. Nabbed by @CISFHQrs”