As many as 36 men from India have been arrested by United Kingdom (UK) police for illegally working in Southall, West London.
A spokesperson of UK Border Agency said that acting on intelligence input, and with assistance from the Metropolitan Police, the agency on Tuesday targeted individuals who gather daily in the King Street area of Southall looking for casual labour. He said officers moved into the area at around 7.30am to carry out immigration checks on individuals to establish whether they were entitled to live and work in the UK or not.
Thirty-four of arrested men are currently in immigration detention awaiting their removal from the UK, while other two are on immigration bail.
The men, aged between 23 and 56 years, were arrested for a variety of immigration offences, sixteen of whom had overstayed their visas, several of them were students.
One of those arrested for immigration offences is wanted by police on suspicion of money laundering and is now in police custody. A large quantity of cash was also seized from his home address.
"This operation was very successful and shows the fruits of working with other agencies like the Metropolitan Police to tackle the problem of illegal working in Southall. We carry out hundreds of operations like this every year across London, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them," said spokesperson.
"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work," he said.
The operation was a part of sustained enforcement action against illegal working. In past six weeks as many as 26 Indian nationals were arrested at business centres across the England. They worked at clothes and food stores, restaurants and takeaways.