Four Indians and as many Sri Lankans were arrested for allegedly living and working illegally in Britain.
The sleuths of the UK Border Agency took them under custody after raids across Hampshire acting on intelligence tip-off from the Portsmouth-based enforcement team. They possessed forged work documents and will be deported to their home countries.
Speaking about the crackdown on illegal immigration in UK a spokeswoman of the Border Agency said, "We are determined to put a stop to illegal working in London and the South East, adding, "Immigration officers are focusing on gathering hard intelligence and acting on it to ensure our laws are not abused."
As a result of further enquiries, another Sri Lankan man, who was in the UK illegally, was arrested at a house in Basingstoke. Officers also targeted KFC restaurants in other parts of Hampshire. Initial reports suggested that more Indian and Sri Lankan men were arrested on suspicion of working illegally.
The UK Border Agency confirmed that proceedings have begun to remove all those arrested from the country. The owners of restaurant branches were served with notices of potential liability and could now be fined 10,000 pounds for each employee working illegally.
The UK Border Agency said it appeared that the owner of the Basingstoke franchise had been supplied with documents that turned out to be false.
"We have strict employment practices across all of our stores, including franchise-owned outlets, and we will continue to work closely with the UK Border Agency," a KFC spokesman said.
The arrested men have now been released by the UK Border Agency and are subject to immigration bail.