32-yr-old beard to look 81, caught while boarding US-bound flight

Impersonator, CISF, Delhi airport
Jayesh Patel, a resident of Gujarat allegedly used a fake passport with the name of Amrik Singh, aged 81 years. Photo: Twitter/@CISFHQrs

Impersonation works only in films. The realisation must have dawned on Jayesh Patel, a 32-year-old resident of Gujarat, the moment he was apprehended by CISF personnel at the Delhi airport after he tried to pass off as an octogenarian by donning white beard and hair and using a fake passport.

Officials on Monday said, Patel, a resident of Ahmedabad, coloured his hair and beard white and arrived on a wheelchair to board a flight to New York from Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday.

He allegedly used a fake passport with the name of Amrik Singh, aged 81 years.
The passenger looked suspicious to Central Industrial Security Force officials on frisking duty as he expressed his inability to stand up from the wheelchair and was evading eye contact with them, the officials said.

The man 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 senior CISF officer said.

A probe is on to know as to why he was undertaking this illegal act, he said.

(With inputs from agencies)