Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport.
On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport.
Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police (Airport Immigration) Muhammad Ismail Hossain said the action was taken against sub-inspector Quamruzzaman, an immigration police officer at the airport, for negligence of duty as he allowed the pilot to cross the immigration without checking his passport.
As per the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization, aircraft pilots usually complete their immigration formalities showing copies of general declaration (GD) and then their passports as proof, he said.
While completing immigration formalities, Quamruzzaman asked the pilot to show his passport but the pilot did not show it, saying his passport was in the luggage.
He allowed the pilot to cross the immigration without checking his passport in good faith but he should have checked the passport, additional SP said.
Meanwhile, the government has formed two panels to investigate the incident.