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Selling foreign dreams to gullible

delhi Updated: Jul 02, 2009 01:15 IST
Selling foreign dreams to gullible

Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has arrested two travel agents and their four employees in connection with a fake visa racket.

The Crime Branch suspects the role of officials of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in the racket, where gullible citizens were sent to Central Asian countries on the basis of forged documents, police said.

According to the guidelines issued by the ministry, no unskilled labourer is allowed to go out of the country for work. The accused procured letters from Central Asia-based companies saying they needed skilled labourers from India, forged them and sent untrained men abroad, the police said.

“Once they reached there, they were informed they had come under the unskilled quota and were not eligible for remuneration and other benefits leading to their exploitation,” said Neeraj Thakur, DCP (crime).

Based on specific information the police arrested the six — Sanjay Singh, Mohammad Adil, Saikat Das, Surender Kumar, Mehfooz Alam and Vikas Kumar Jai. The two main accused Das (30) and Jai (25) ran a travel agency at Mata Sundari Road.

Police said they seized 80 passports from their offices.

“The y used to charge Rs 6,000 from each person,” said the officer.