Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Immigration officials uncover major foreign job racket

Immigration officials believe to have stumbled on a racket that aided Indians to get employed
overseas by illegal means.
They detained three people on arrival at the Kempegowda International Airport who travelled with
passports containing fake validations.
Labhu Ram, the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Oicer (FRRO), said the three, including a
woman, had been handed over to Bengaluru International Airport police on March 9. Unable to get a work visa, the three went to Malaysia on a tourist visa and got their passports validated with fake
seals by travel agents without them having to get out of that country. Another person was arrested
on similar offences on March 1.
Police said travel and passport agents had duped the arrested people with jobs abroad. While one
agent sent them on tourist visas, passport agents created fake employment passes for them on
arrival and got them employed.
They aixed fake signatures of Indian immigration oicials with fake arrival and departure seals to
ensure their clients are not caught in India.
On suspicion, immigration oicials detained Mithun Bhai Tulsibhai Khunt, 45, a resident of Surat,
Gujarat. Khunt arrived at the KIA from Kuala Lumpur on March 9. Officials found his documents
had been tampered with.
They found that Khunt, a high school dropout, had a job offer from Mumbai Kiran Games as a
manager. He flew to Kuala Lumpur on May 19, 2018, from Hyderabad on a tourist visa. But
immigration officials denied him entry into Kuala Lumpur on arrival and sent him back to
Undeterred, Khunt flew once again to Malaysia from Chennai and met Jignesh Maaru, an agent
from Gujarat. The agent got him a job as a waiter at a restaurant in Malaysia.
When Khunt wanted to visit his family back home, Maaru told him he could not travel to India as he
was an illegal immigrant in Malaysia.
13/03/19 Umesh R Yadav/Deccan Herald
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