2 arrested in fake visa racket
Acting on a complaint forwarded by the Afghan consulate, two men were arrested on Tuesday on charges of operating a fake visa racket and duping foreign job aspirants.mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2010 01:33 IST
Acting on a complaint forwarded by the Afghan consulate, two men were arrested on Tuesday on charges of operating a fake visa racket and duping foreign job aspirants.
The police said the matter came to light when the complainant, Vishnu Suman, a travel agent, was provided with visas by the accused which he went to verify at the Afghan consulate. Abdul Kalam Ghaswala, 35, and Zamil Ahmed, 38, have been charged with fraud and forgery.
Assistant commissioner of police, Ashok Ingole said, “The complainant, Vishnu Suman owns a travel agency at CBD Belapur and also deals in providing visas. A few weeks ago, Belapur resident Ahmed met Suman and told him that an American firm named Diana Corp located in Afghanistan was looking to hire employees. Ahmed said he had a friend who could organise the visas for people that were interested.”
Suman acquired passports of around 30 citizens of Nepal who wanted to work there and handed them over to Ahmed. Ahmed charged Rs 1 lakh per visa.
On December 20, Ahmed and Ghaswala gave Suman photocopies of ten visas that they had made as proof of the completion of their work and asked Suman to meet them the next day to collecting the originals and make the payment.
“But Suman who wanted to verify that the visas were genuine went to the Afghanistan consulate and learnt that the visas were fake. A complaint was filed with the Malabar Hill police station,” said Ingole.
The police arrested the duo from the Ajanta Hotel in Byculla and recovered a laptop, a mobile phone and the passports.
“Ghaswala, made the fake visas on his laptop. We suspect that that the duo might have cheated other people,” said Ingole.