Nine held for trying to travel with fake visas

Nine held for trying to travel with fake visas

The Bengaluru International Airport police on Saturday arrested nine people for trying to travel abroad without valid visas and other documents.

The arrested were identified as Ishaq Mohammad Aashiq, 12; Sadiq Pasha, 25; Eijaz Dastgir, 24; Irfan, 24; Mohammad Shoaib, 22; Saleem Pasha, 21; Ishabuddin, 38; Sanaullah, 22; and Azam, 28. Hailing from various places in and around Shivamogga and neighbouring districts, they were all planning to travel to Bahrain for employment. A man named Basheer, presumed to be a travel agent, had organised their trip
to Bahrain.

Basheer prepared fake visas, passports and other documents and collected huge sums from the suspects. He is absconding and efforts are on to nab, him said the police.

The incident came to light during the verification of passports and visas. The staff at the airport grew suspicious as there were a few discrepancies in the documents and questioned them, but the suspects did not give satisfactory replies. The police rushed to the spot and detained them.

The suspects told the police that Basheer had collected money from them promising jobs in Bahrain.

They said Basheer have given them visas and passports and claimed they were innocent, said the police.

The police booked them for cheating and violation of passport norms and produced them before the court, which remanded them in judicial custody.

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