Report from the Times of India:
Spate of immigration frauds in city
Mar 13, 2011, 01.04am IST
CHANDIGARH: The dream to fly off-shore is costing people dear in the city. Going by the police records, Chandigarh is becoming a hub of immigration frauds. As many as 20 cases of cheating on the pretext of sending innocent persons abroad have been registered during the past two months.
Records available with the police reveal that in most cases agents duped residents of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh on the pretext of sending them to Canada, US, Australia, UK and other western countries.
The most recent victim of the fraud was Vikrant Singh of Gurdaspur district in Punjab who was cheated out of being sent to Australia. Police sources said a Sector 44-resident Ravi Kiran Singh had taken Rs 6 lakh from Vikrant to send him to Australia. Neither was Vikrant sent abroad nor was his money returned to him. Police registered a case against the accused on Saturday.
On February 22, 2011, cops arrested a Sector 38-resident couple for cheating Krishan Kumar, a resident of Panipat district on the pretext of sending him to the USA. The accused Sanjeev Kumar and his wife Anuradha had taken Rs 3.46 lakh from the victim but never fulfilled the deal