6 Indian students arrested in UK for working illegally

  • Jasdeep Singh Malhotra, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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  • Updated: Apr 16, 2011 09:55 IST

The UK Border Agency has arrested six Indian students after finding them working illegally at a far away place from their educational institution to breah provisions of the students visa. They would now face deportation charges.

In a stateement issued here, Kenny Chapman, who heads the UK Border Agency's local immigration team for the South West, said that acting on a tip-off, a team of officers from the agency went to the ground floor flat in Walcot Close in Plymouth area on Tuesday.

There, they found six Indian men sleeping in blankets and sleeping bags on the floor of the two-bedroom flat, he said. Though agency did not reveal identity of the arrested Indians, but sources revealed that a majority of them were of Punjabi origin.

The men were in the country on student visas, but enquiries revealed that none of their courses was based in the south west of England. The men confirmed that they were working illegally in the Plymouth area. All six were arrested and taken to Charles Cross police station and were due to be deported in the coming days, Chapman said.

Chapman said: “Foreign students are only allowed to take up part-time employment during term time and must attend their courses. These men were living and working a long way from where they were supposed to be studying.”

“We carry out frequent visits to businesses and residential addresses across Devon and unfortunately we often find people living in inadequate conditions. Illegal working takes jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work, undercuts law-abiding businesses and can also lead to abuses of the immigrants themselves,” he quipped.


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