Fake visa racket busted by IGI police, Mumbai-based agent held

Mumbai, Aug 7 (IANS): Deportation of a man from Kuwait led the IGI Police to bust a fake immigration cum visa racket and arrest a mastermind.

DCP of IGI, Tanu Sharma said that the accused was identified as Mustaq alias Jamil Picturewala. He was held from Mumbai.

"The accused is involved in arranging fake passport and visa along with his aides Zakir Yusuf Shaikh in Mumbai and Narayanbhai Chaudhary in Gujrat. They are mostly operating in areas of Gujrat and Mumbai and facilitate people in arranging fake passport and visa through which they can settle down in USA by unfair means," the official said.

The DCP said that in June one Ravi Rameshbhai Chaudhary was deported from Kuwait. During thorough scrutiny by immigration officials, it was found that he had a duplicate passport. A case was lodged in this regard.

Ravi disclosed that he came in contact with some agents namely Narayanbhai, Zakir Yusuf Shaikh and Mushtaq - all residents of Gujarat and Mumbai.

Narayanbhai assured Ravi that his fake passport and visa would be arranged in lieu of Rs 65 lakh. Narayanbhai shared the contacts of his Mumbai-based associates. The deal was finalised for Rs 65 lakh and Ravi paid Rs 15 lakh cash in advance to the accused.

Narayanbhai told Ravi to contact Shaikh and Mushtaq. Ravi sent his photograph and signature to Mushtaq on WhatsApp. After receiving his photo and signature, Mushtaq arranged a fake passport for him.

Thereafter, a fake visa of Netherland was obtained on the basis of fake and fabricated passport. Ravi was supposed to travel to Mexico from Netherland and then illegally to the US. The rest of the deal amount was to be delivered to Narayanbhai by the family of the passenger.

After hearing about the arrest of Ravi, the accused had fled, and kept on changing their locations.

Mushtaq was held from Mumbai following a tip-off, while the police teams have been sent to arrest co-accused.




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