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4 held for trying to get visa on fake documents

Two couples — one from Nepal and another from Punjab — were caught at the American Embassy here for attempting to procure US visas allegedly using forged documents.

delhi Updated: May 01, 2011 22:59 IST

Two couples — one from Nepal and another from Punjab — were caught at the American Embassy here for attempting to procure US visas allegedly using forged documents.

The Nepali couple allegedly wanted to escape to US to avoid cases due to business failure while the Indian couple was earlier deported from Canada after they were allegedly found using forged documents there, police said.

Shakti Prasad Shrestha (61) and Bimala Shreshta (57), the Nepali couple from Rohini Sector 7, were caught by the embassy officials on April 19 during an interview.

“Both submitted Indian passports but during routine biometric scanning, the officials found that both had earlier submitted applications at US Embassy in Kathmandu as Nepali citizens but with different dates of birth.

“It came to light that Shakti Prasad received US visas in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002 while Bimala received visas in 1999, and 2002,” a senior police official said.

The official said Bimla told consular employees during interview that she and her husband were Nepali citizens who applied previously in Nepal for visas but later moved to India. "When asked if the reason why he did not get a Nepali passport was that he could not get a police clearance certificate from Nepal, he answered in the affirmative," the official said.

The Punjabi couple Ranjit Singh and Manjeet Kaur, who allegedly posed as employees of HDFC and Axis Bank, were caught on April 11 by the US embassy officials during visa interview.

The embassy officials found that Singh's documents matched with a non-immigrant visa application filed at the American Embassy in Canada's Ottawa in the name of Peter Singh. Singh told them he and his wife had entered Canada on or about April 2000 using Passport not in their names.

“Singh told us that he has used a UK Passport in the name of Amir Khan and Manjeet Kaur used the passport of one Parminder Kaur to enter Canada,” the official said.