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Punjab Police probing fraud on British High Commission complaint

 
Commission complaints of nexus between bank staff and 4 likely immigrants

12th July 2010: Less than six months after the UK Border Agency temporarily suspended acceptance of visa applications from its centres in North India, Bangladesh and Nepal following a surge in their numbers during a short period, the British High Commission has forwarded a complaint alleging fraud for obtaining visa to the Punjab Police.

 

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Taking cognizance of the complaint, the Punjab Police in Indian town of Mohali has registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy against four likely immigrants trying to reach the UK on forged documents.

The British High Commission in New Delhi forwarded the complaint to the police alleging a nexus between officials of a nationalised bank and four people trying to move to Britain on the basis of forged financial documents.

The High Commission’s Immigration Liaison Officer had sent e-mail to the
Punjab Police Chief on June 29 complaining that the forged statements were issued through a bank

The Police has already dispatched a team of senior officers to New Delhi for gathering details of the perspective immigrants. A senior Mohali police officer said the bank could not be zeroed in on, till complete investigations were conducted.

This is, perhaps, the first time in the recent past a complaint has been forwarded to the Punjab Police to investigate visa fraud by the British High Commission.

The police said as of now the names and addresses of the applicants suspected to be involved in the racket have not been disclosed.

The high commission has sent back the passports with rejection stamps, while forwarding the complaint to the police, the officer said.
 
The role of the bank was also being looked into thoroughly. Investigations were on to find who was instrumental in getting the forged documents, an employee of the bank or some agent.  

The UK Embassy had suspended the process of issuing visas to applicants from India, Pakistan and Nepal after a dramatic rise in the number of applications for student visas.

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