Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Lankans arrested in India over visa racket

HYDERABAD: Task Force central zone team on Saturday busted an international fake visa racket and arrested five persons, including two Sri Lankan nationals settled in Chennai.

The sleuths of Task Force seized incriminating material from them. The gang involving eight people used to supply fake visas to people wanting to go to Canada, UK, France, Czechoslovakia and other European countries.

Deputy commissioner of police, Task Force, V B Kamalasan Reddy, identified the arrested as Shaik Hyder alias Safder, 31, Akberbagh, Saidabad, Rangaswamy Krishnan alias Praveen Kumar, 44, a resident of Anna Street, Chennai and a travel agent by profession, Krishna Murthy, 60, resident of Abdul Kareem street, Chennai, Yeramshetty Nagaraj alias Raju, 35, resident of Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad and Veerasingan Rajan alias Robert, 48, resident of Bhagya Laxminagar, Alapakam, Chennai.

Three others of the gang, Shahnawaz alias Akif, the owner of Global Consultancy, Malakpet, Sikander, maternal uncle of Shahnawaz and Mustafa, younger brother of Shahnawaz are absconding, police said.

Krishna Murthy and the others also used to aid Sri Lankan Tamilians get visas to go to European countries.

Shahanawaz reportedly collected 150 passports from different individuals and travel agents and collected about Rs one crore. He returned nearly 8 to 10 passports with fake Canadian visas to clients collecting over Rs 4 lakh from each person, the police said. Task Force police swooped on the accused when they met at a lodge near Malakpet to discuss their future plans on Saturday.

Investigation into the case began after six clients with fake Canadian visas were detained at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on July 22, 2009. Probe revealed that Shahnawaz had cheated them by making them believe that that the visas were genuine.

One Mohd Wajahed Shareef of Matchless Travel Bureau, Lakdi-ka-pul had also lodged a complaint against Shahanawaz and others at Saifabad police station for cheating them, taking away passports and huge amount with the promise of providing visas. The arrested were handed over to airport police station. (Times of India)

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