A 42-year-old ticketing agent has been arrested for allegedly falsifying documents and illegally sending people into the US, police said Thursday.
The suspect was identified as Vishal Bamrate, a resident of Ahmedabad. Four passengers were also arrested in the case.
According to a case registered on July 7, four people from Gujarat – Harshad Kumar Mahendrabhai Patel, Jatin Kanubhai Nayee, Dixitkumar Mukeshbhai Patel and Hitesh Kumar Rohit Kumar Trivedi – were deported by Turkey, a senior police official said.
It turned out that the reason for their deportation was false documents, police said.
The passengers revealed that they wanted to go to the US for better future prospects and that they had come into contact with Bamrate, who arranged false continuous discharge certificates (CDCs) for them, the officer said.
With these fake certificates, the passengers traveled from Ahmedabad to Dubai and then to Iran, the officer said. From Iran they traveled to Turkey, where they were detained and deported, police said.
Police discovered that the accused agent was using international numbers to access WhatsApp and contact his targets and obtain their details. His location was traced to Ahmedabad and he was arrested on Aug. 11, Deputy Police Commissioner (Airport) Tanu Sharma said.
The accused revealed that his company was badly hit by Covid and to make up for the losses, he teamed up with Dubai-based agent Rupesh Patel to illegally send people to the US, police said.
Bamrate was in constant contact with Rupesh and later began to lure passengers and send them to Dubai, from where Rupesh arranged their onward travel through his associates based on forged documents, Sharma said.