Job scam: 30 men held in Mumbai for trying to fly to Kuwait on fake tickets and visas; agents booked
In all, 95 men from Uttar Pradesh were to fly out and said they had paid three agents for jobs, visas, tickets and passports.mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2017 10:03 IST
The Sahar police have arrested 30 men, aged between 21 and 43 years, for trying to travel with fake air tickets and visas to Kuwait from Mumbai airport. The men said they are from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and that they were given the tickets by three agents who promised them jobs in the Middle-Eastern country.
The police have also booked the agents, identified as Briddhi Chandra Jaiswal, said to be the kingpin, Roshan and Jogendra Sharma for cheating and forgery. The fliers demanded that a separate first information report (FIR) be filed against the agents instead of clubbing their cases. Jaiswal used to run his office from Navghad in UP’s Siddharth Nagar district.
The fraud came to light after the 30 men queued up with their boarding passes at 2 am on Sunday. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) caught them and handed them over to the Sahar police the same day. An official from Sahar police said that in all, 95 people had come from UP to the city. Each of them allegedly paid Rs 1 lakh — in two instalments — to the agents for jobs, visas, tickets and passports. They checked into a hotel in Jogeshwari (West) on Thursday. The hotel was booked by Jaiswal, Roshan and Sharma, added the official. “Roshan and Sharma came to the hotel on Saturday night and gave fake visas and tickets to the 90 men, and took the rest of the money from them. The remaining five people were told that they would get their tickets, visas and passports before they board the flight,” said Ram Jaiswal, cousin of one of the arrested men, Rahul Vijay Kumar, 22.
“The three agents had promised all of them jobs and had given them air tickets, visas and passports at the hotel,” said Ram Jaiswal. Rahul approached the accused Jaiswal about six months ago for a job and gave him Rs 60,000. Like many others in the group, he promised to pay the rest after getting visas and tickets.
A group of 15 people first reached the airport around 1 am on Sunday. When they went to collect their boarding passes, the airport authorities detected that tickets were fake and informed the CISF. By the time, another 15 people from the group had also entered the airport.
The rest 65 people were wary of going to the airport as they saw their fellow passengers being questioned by the CISF, which handed them over to the Sahar police.
The arrested men claimed that they did not know that the tickets were fake. The rest 65 people also went to Sahar police station to file a complaint against the agents. “The flyers have been booked for cheating and forgery. We will send a police team to Siddharth Nagar for an inquiry and catch the agents,” said senior inspector Lata Sirsat of Sahar police station. The police are checking CCTV cameras of the hotel to arrest the agent.
Dharamvir Singh, SP Siddharth Nagar, told HT that neither the Mumbai police nor the state police have contacted them. He said he would contact the Mumbai police.