Delhi Crime Branch has busted a racket sending people abroad illegally. Four people have been arrested in this connection. A large number of fake documents, laptops and 80 passports of different countries have been seized from them. The accused include mastermind Girish Bhandari, resident of Janakpuri, Hastsal Road, Himanshu Mehta, resident of Uttam Nagar, Gagan Sharma, resident of Tilak Nagar and Ramesh Arya, resident of Om Vihar Phase III.
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According to Special CP Ravindra Yadav, ACP Naresh Kumar’s team raided Prem Nagar in Tilak Nagar area after gathering information about this racket and nabbed the four accused. Fake bank statements, letterheads of various firms and companies etc. were seized from the documents recovered from them. The accused were running a gang of pigeons in the name of tour and travel business. This gang was being operated from Delhi and their agents were spread across the country. Through agents, people were tricked into sending people abroad and for Schengen visa, a minimum charge of Rs 6 lakh was collected. They used to charge up to about 27 lakhs per person for illegal entry into the United States through the Mexico border.
The strings of this racket extend to Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat.
The agents used to collect original passports and bank details of people wanting to go abroad, which they passed on to the masterminds and others of the gang operating from Delhi. After that, they used to make a series of fake documents, bank statements of the person and these documents were prepared with the help of hi-tech computer application and editing software. The process of tourist visa was started on the basis of forged documents. During interrogation of the accused, it was revealed that they were doing illegal visa business in the garb of tour and travel business for the last 10-12 years. The strings of this racket are spread in many states including Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat.
used to run business through whatsapp
Accused Girish Bhandari is the mastermind of this gang. He was sitting in Tilak Nagar after opening an office in the name of Harsh Tour and Travels. Himanshu Mehta is working with Girish Bhandari since last one year. He used to do work related to flight booking, hotel booking, insurance, client meeting. Girish Bhandari used to tell the client that he had a visa and immigration business. He previously worked in a travel agency and has good knowledge of visa related international bookings. Gagan Sharma and accused Ramesh Arya used to take money and passports from different persons as told by Girish Bhandari. Most of the time the conversation was done through WhatsApp and other apps to maintain privacy.
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