The district police have registered a criminal case against five people, including a Canadian citizen, for allegedly defrauding two girls of Rs 38 lakh on an assurance of sending them abroad. No arrest has been made so far in this connection.
In one case, the NRI police booked a Canadian citizen and two others for allegedly defrauding a girl of `30 lakh on an assurance of bringing her to Canada after marriage.
The victim Gurjinder Kaur of Bir Badhni village under Nihal Singh Wala sub-division has filed a complaint with the senior superintendent of police (SSP) that Canadian citizen Amritpal Singh Kingra, a resident of Abbotsford, British Columbia, who is from Badduwal village under Dharamkot sub-division, and his other three relatives had allegedly assured to take her to Canada on marriage basis.
Harinder Singh Dod, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), said, "The complainant told the police that NRI Amritpal Singh Kingra and his colleagues took Rs 30 lakh from her for this purpose but they did not keep their promise."
The senior superintendent of police had ordered police officials to further investigate the matter.
The DSP said that during the investigation, the police found that Amritpal Singh Kingra married the complaint at a marriage palace in Ajitwal village on February 2010 and gave the assurance that as soon he reached Canada, he would prepare visa papers of Gurjinder Kaur. "After that Amritpal Singh Kingra took `30 lakh and gold ornaments from the parents of the victim and left for Abbotsford. When Gurjinder Kaur called several times to Kingra, he did not respond," said the DSP.
"We investigated the matter and the special investigation team found that the allegations mentioned in the complaint were true.
Therefore, we have registered a criminal case against Canadian citizen Amritpal Singh Kingra of Abbotsford (Canada), Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Badduwal village, Amanpreet Kaur and Gurwinder Singh, both of Kot-Ise-Khan town under sections 406, 420 and 498-A of the Indian Panel Code (IPC). Further investigation is on," DSP added.
In another case, Sukhdeep Kaur, a resident of Lohara village in Moga district, in a complaint to the Moga SSP, had alleged that travel agent Simram Makkar of Ferozepur Cantt duped her of Rs 8 lakh on the promise of sending her to Canada.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) at Kot-Ise-Khan police station Major Singh said the travel agents had also taken passports and other necessary documents from the girl.
The ASI added that during the investigation, the police found that Makkar provided a sham work permit visa to Sukhdeep Kaur and after this he had reportedly received `8 lakh from the victim. But, Sukhdeep Kaur found that the visa was fake.
After a preliminary inquiry into the allegations, the police have registered a case of fraud against Simran Makkar under various sections of the IPC at Kot-Ise-Khan police station, the police official said, adding that further investigation is on.