The Mumbai police has discovered that one of their own men had been duping job aspirants, by providing bogus visas.
The Azad Maidan police on Saturday arrested a police constable, attached to the local arms unit of the Mumbai police, for cheating 28 job aspirants under the pretext of getting them visas for Saudi Arabia.
The accused, identified as constable Ismal Pirzade, attached to local arms unit 11, took large sums of money from 28 city residents, claiming he was ‘Vinod Sawant’ and that he would get them visas to work in Saudi Arabia.
"Pirzade collected Rs6.85 lakh from the complainant, Krishnalal Yadav,32, and promised to arrange the visas for him and 27 of his friends. However, when the victims discovered that the visas were forged, they asked him to return the money which he had collected as fees for his services,” said Bhaurao Bhawale, senior police inspector, Azad Maidan police station.
According to the police, Yadav discovered that the visas were fake when he went to a travel agency to book his tickets to go to Saudi Arabia.
“Initially he (Yadav) assumed that the visa was original and submitted his passport to get his tickets booked. However, officials from the travel agency booking his tickets, told him that his visa was fake,” said an officer of Azad Maidan police station on the condition of anonymity.
Police sources told HT that Pirzade was arrested on charges of extortion by the Amboli police. He was then suspended. Investigations also revealed that the accused had previously been booked on charges of cheating in Thane.