A young woman of Kala Goraya village under Ghuman Kalan police station in Gurdaspur district on Friday accused her relatives living in the United Kingdom of cheating her of 8,960 British pounds (around Rs 7.16 lakh) on pretext of getting her visa extended while she was in the UK on a study visit.
Harpreet Kaur (26) claimed that her complaint against the accused to the UK Police, National Commission for Women, NRI police station in Amritsar and SSPs of Gurdaspur and Batala had yielded no results.
Kaur alleged that she had paid 4,672 pounds in the UK and another Rs 3.36 lakh to her relatives' contact in India. The visa they arranged for her turned out to be "fake", she claimed.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Kaur said that she had gone to the UK on a student visa on September 16, 2010, for one-and-a-half years for MSc in psychology at the University of Sunderland.
She said that her visa was to expire on January 31, 2012, a fact in the knowledge of her relatives Joginder Kaur and her husband Surinderjeet Singh, owners of Glamour Eyes and Brows Blackpool company in which she was working part-time.
Harpreet maintained that the couple promised to get her visa extended for another two years by sponsoring her on behalf of their company if she paid them Rs 8 lakh as embassy fee. She claimed she paid them 4,672 pounds on January 26, 2012, and agreed to pay the rest in India. Another Rs 3.36 lakh were reportedly handed over to one Dr Gurdev Singh Randhawa at his house in Batala on February 16, 2012. The young woman said that she came to know later that Surinderjeet and his wife Joginder had managed a visa for her on the basis of a fake MBA in Marketing degree from King's College, London (UK), in her name.
She said that when she went to Rajasansi international airport in Amritsar to board a flight to the UK on February 19, 2012, she was shocked to know from the authorities that visa on her passport was fake.
Harpreet Kaur said that she brought the matter to the notice of Joginder Kaur, but she asked her to keep quiet and promised to resolve the problem.
She said that since then she had been running from pillar to post for recovery of her money and action against the couple and their accomplices in the UK and India. None of the persons she accused of fraud could be contacted for comments in India or abroad.