The officials from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) busted a job racket and arrested one person in a fraud of Rs 49.20 lakhs while four more persons are wanted in the racket.
The police on Thursday arrested Anmolsingh Amarsingh (46) from his Lonavla residence under sections 465, 471, 467,420 of the IPC. According to the police Anmolsingh had given an advertisement in a local newspaper in Punjab stating that is a job opportunity for helpers in an Australia based milk dairy named Mac Ganian in December 2005.
After the advertisement appeared in the paper, 14 persons including the complainant, Paramjitsingh Siddhu (25), a resident of Ferozepur in Punjab approached Anmolsingh. The EOW officials further stated that Anmolsingh first collected a sum of Rs 10,000 each from the 14 persons and also collected their passports.
In July 2006, Anmolsingh sent telegrams to the 14 persons stating that their job was confirmed and called them to Mumbai to complete the formalities and asked them to contact his associates, Rajendra Kumar and Mohammad Asif.
Siddhu along with 13 other job seekers then contacted Rajendra and Mohammad who further asked them to organise a sum of Rs five lakhs each and come down to Mumbai.
In September 9, 2006, Siddhu along with the 13 persons came down to Mumbai and they were put up at the Siddhart Guest House in Dadar by Rajendra and Mohammad.
The police further stated that, Rajendra and Mohammad showed fake visas to the job seekers and took them to Akbar Travels at Mohammad Ali Road to book the air tickets and also carried out their medical tests at Diagnostic center in Dongri.
After the tests, Rajendra and Mohammad collected Rs one lakhs from the 14 persons and asked them to come to the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport with the rest of the money.
On September 13, 2006, when Siddhu and 13 others reached the CSI airport, Rajendra and Mohammad approached them and collected the rest of the money from them. Stating that they will be back in a while after finishing the immigration formalities, both of them disappeared.
Siddhu along with 13 other then filed a police complaint, which was further transferred to the EOW.
While Anmolsingh was nabbed by the police on Thursday, they are now looking for Rajendra, Mohammad and their two other associates named Sunil Patil and Danish.
The police are further probing if there is an international racket involved and from where did the accused made the fake visas from. Anmolsingh has been remanded to police custody till February 23.