In a major success on Thursday, the crime investigation agency-II (CIA) of the city police arrested the owner of immigration firm Aakriti Overseas and his accomplice, who holds a master’s degree in Information Technology (MSc-IT), and seized 119 passports, fake offer letters along with an SUV.
The accused have been identified as the firm’s owner Baljinder Singh (29) and Yugraj Singh (25) of Kot Khalsa in Amritsar. Both were nabbed from Amritsar.
The CIA team has also recovered 161 fake offer letters supposed to be issued by a Kuwait-based construction company, 29 fake visas, 73 copies of driving licences, 34 school certificates, 64 medical examination certificates and SUV (HR-70-C-6039).
A total of 145 fraud complaints have been filed against the firm by youths from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, who were defrauded on the pretext of sending them to Kuwait. An FIR was registered against him under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 24 of the Emigration Act (offenses and penalties) on May 31 against the owner.
Baljinder Singh had used a fake name Sarbjot Singh and submitted a forged voter ID card. The Gurdaspur address of Singh mentioned on his voter identity card as Nathupur village in Qadian of Gurdaspur district was also fake. There is no village by this name in Gurdaspur.
Addressing a press conference, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP investigation) Vivek S Soni, assistant commissioner of police (ACP investigation) Harjinder Singh said Baljinder also faced a fraud case in Amritsar where he runs a similar business under the name of Guru Enterprises.
They said the accused had recently opened another office in the Ladhewali locality with a different name Urban Overseas and used Rajvir Singh as fake name. A total of 145 complaints from Mansa, Kapurthala, Pathankot, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Moga and Rupnagar districts of Punjab and Una in Himachal Pradesh had been filed so far Aakriti Overseas and both the accused had duped youths of around Rs 30 lakh. Those duped had paid Rs 30,000- Rs 70,000 to the firm for securing them visa for Kuwait. Before the CIA, the bus stand police were investigating the case, but in mid-June, the probe was shifted to the agency.