In a recent development, the Delhi Police have received a communication from the British High Commission alerting them about deceitful visa agents operating in and around Delhi. These agents have been aiding individuals in Haryana, Gujarat, and Punjab to secure visas through fraudulent documents, as disclosed by the police on Friday. A case has been officially registered in connection with this matter.
According to Andrew Longley, the Third Secretary (Immigration) of Immigration Enforcement International at the British Deputy High Commission, the British High Commission in New Delhi has identified these unscrupulous visa agents.
It is suspected that these agents are part of a broader criminal network. Their modus operandi involves providing counterfeit and forged documents to the British High Commission in New Delhi to assist visa applicants intending to travel to the UK.
A meticulous investigation has revealed the involvement of two primary agents who have submitted a total of 164 visa applications to the British High Commission in New Delhi. These applications were made using eight different credit cards. Shockingly, 107 of these applications were found to contain counterfeit and forged supporting documents.
The British High Commission has also shared crucial information with the Delhi Police, including personal details and contact information of the alleged culprits, in an effort to aid the ongoing investigation.
Authorities have confirmed that the information provided is currently under thorough examination. An official investigation has been initiated into the matter. The Delhi Police have taken swift action by registering a First Information Report (FIR) under the appropriate sections at the Chanakyapuri police station.
Law enforcement officials are meticulously verifying the data gathered by their teams in the field. Subsequent actions will be taken in accordance with the legal procedures and regulations, as stated by the police officials.
An extensive examination has revealed the involvement of two key agents who submitted the visa applications utilising eight different credit cards, as stated in the report. All five suspects purportedly operated from a building located in Netaji Subhash Place in west Delhi.
Regarding the ongoing investigation, a spokesperson for the commission stated, “We do not comment on ongoing investigations. We are working closely with the Indian authorities to jointly tackle this threat.”