Three arrested as fake Nepalese passport, visa racket busted

With the arrest of four men, including three Nepalese nationals, Delhi Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a racket involved in preparing fake Nepal passports, visa and employment permit stickers.

Besides three natives of Nepal Nabin Kumar Subedi, 35, Ashiq Ali Miya, 24, and Uttam Silwal, fourth accused Bipin Dahal, 32, hails from Assam. They have told police that kingpin of the racket, Ram Bahadur Bist, is based in Saudi Arabia, and charged a minimum of Rs 20,000 per customer.

“After Nepal banned immigration of women to Saudi Arabia, the accused persons decided to take the India route in order to hoodwink the Nepalese authorities. They used to get women to Delhi on fake passports and then send them to Saudi Arabia from here,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).

Yadav added that 41 fake Nepalese passports, 104 fake foreign employment permit stickers of the Nepal government and two fake rubber stamps of Nepal’s foreign employment department were recovered from their possession.

The action was taken after intelligence agency informed Delhi Police that Nabin was running a racket involved in preparing fake Nepalese passports and visa stickers. This information was further developed and on August 21, cops found out that a consignment of fake passports would exchange hands in Munirka.

Accordingly, a trap was laid near Nelson Mandela Marg, and around 7.30 pm, Nabin along with Bipin and Ashiq were spotted. After waiting for some time, when no one turned up, they started to leave, but were apprehended by a police team.

“They refused to admit that the passports, visa stickers and rubber stamps were fake. However, on verification from the Nepal embassy, the seized articles were found to be fake,” Yadav said.

The accused were then subjected to sustained interrogation during which they confessed that they came to deliver the consignment to Uttam. Then a raid was conducted at Uttam’s house in Neb Sarai, and he was caught. A case has been registered.

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