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Sunday, 2 August 2020

45 turn hostile in immigration case

Tribune News Service

Karnal, August 1

In all, 45 youths, who were deported by the US government in the past few months, have retracted their statements against travel agents booked for the immigration fraud.

They have filed affidavits in courts, submitting that they did not know the accused travel agents and had no dispute with them.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the state government to probe cases pertaining to the immigration fraud, says the victims' affidavits would help the accused get bail.

The youths had earlier submitted affidavits, accusing travel agents of taking money on the pretext of sending them to the US. The Special Investigation Team had also recorded their statements under Section 164 of the CrPC.

"In all, 45 victims have turned hostile in court when the accused filed bail applications. They refused to identify the accused in court. The Special Investigation Team will file a chargesheet against the accused and take action against victims who turned hostile. We will not let our hard work go waste," said Bharti Arora, IGP (Karnal Range) and Special Investigation Team incharge.

The US government had deported 194 youths in four groups after the outbreak of Covid. After the first batch of youths reached India, the state government constituted an Special Investigation Team. So far, it has registered 270 FIRs related to the immigration fraud.

Besides, the Special Investigation Team is investigating 45 FIRs registered in 2018-19. It has arrested 147 immigration agents and recovered Rs 65 lakh from them.

Travel agent booked

  • A travel agent from Yamunanagar allegedly took Rs14 lakh from a man and sent his son
  • to USA illegally
  • Later, the victim, Akashdeep of Ghilaur village of Yamunanagar district, was deported to India.
  • On the complaint of Akashdeep, a case was registered against travel agent Sukhdev Singh of Thol village at Radaur police station on Friday.
  • In his police complaint, Akashdeep alleged that Sukhdev Singh took Rs 14 lakh from his father for sending him to the USA in June 2019.

from The Tribune

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