Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked a human trafficking gang with the arrest of six persons, including a loader at the IGI airport, who allegedly cheated hundreds of people across the country by promising jobs and easy passage abroad.
"They promised visa and travel documents for Canada, US and European countries," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Neeraj Thakur said.
The arrested persons have been identified as Umed Singh Saini (56), the alleged gang leader, Jayesh Desai (44), Avinash Bhatia (34), Sujit Kumar (42), Aman Jeet Singh (36) and Ved Prakash Gaur (32), who works as a loader at IGI airport, he said.
"The most favored routes are travel to USA through Mexico and Guatemala and to European countries via Slovakia. Fake visas are arranged from Slovak Embassy in Bangkok. The gang is also involved in tampering Indian passports. The gang used to charge between Rs 7 to Rs 15 lakh per person," Thakur said.
The cheated people from all over the country but a large number of victims were from Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Desai, Bhatia and Sujit Kumar allegedly used to lure prospective passengers from Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana, while Bhatia allegedly used to arrange visa from Bangkok through his local source there.
"Gaur, who works as loader at the airport, facilitated easy passage inside the airport and charged between Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 per passenger. The gang also has some other people working as their sub agents who operate from Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab," Thakur said.
The gang was wanted in several criminal cases registered in Delhi.
In these cases the gang had taken huge sums from at least 10 different persons for their travel to Europe via Slovakia and cheated them. Similarly the gang had recently cheated 26 other passengers, most of them residents of Punjab. The victims had left Amritsar Airport by Air Slovakia Flight on September 10, 2007.