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Four arrested in Mumbai for submitting forged documents at German consulate to get visas

Marine Drive police hunt for their Ahmedabad-based agent who they believe is the mastermind

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2018 13:02 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The four accused were arrested when they went to the German consulate to collect their passports.(HT File Photo)

The Marine Drive police arrested four men from Ahmedabad on Tuesday, for allegedly submitting documents of two fake companies at the German consulate in south Mumbai to get visas.

This is the second such incident that the German consulate has registered this year; the earlier case was filed in January. The consulate, which has been conducting rigorous checks, registered seven cases of fake document submission in 2017.

While examining the visa documents submitted by the four accused, consulate officials realised that the men had forged documents to show that they had floated two companies, Nexus Furniture and Libra Furniture. The consulate then filed a police complaint.

When the four men returned to the consulate to collect their passports, which they had submitted with documents seven months ago, consulate officials informed the police, who arrested them on charges of cheating and forgery.

Police officials said the mastermind of the racket is an agent in Ahmedabad, who promised the four accused visas to Germany. It was based on the agent’s advice that the four men submitted fake documents. “The men claimed they wanted to visit Germany to be a part of an exhibition,” said an officer from Marine Drive police station, who did not wish to be named. “We are now looking for the agent who is the mastermind; he must have forged documents for many others.”

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 13:01 IST