BARELY 15 days after international flight operations started at the Chandigarh International Airport, the Punjab Police on Friday arrested two persons who were trying to send four people to Dubai on the pretext of providing them employment on tourist visa.
All the six, including the four victims, were to catch the Dubai flight on Friday when they were caught by immigration officials. None of them was allowed to board the flight, officials said. The police arrested the two accused and made the four victims witnesses in the case.
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Officials said the Punjab Police personnel deployed at the airport registered a case after they received a complaint from the Chief Immigration Officer at the airport.
Police officials said that those arrested comprised a woman identified as Lovepreet, a resident of Sangrur, and Ajmer Singh, a resident of Nawanshahr.
A police official said the victims had paid Rs 50,000 to the accused in advance and had to pay more amount in Dubai. “They [victims] were told they would be provided jobs in Dubai, for which they had paid money,” said an official. “They were travelling on tourist visa. But they were told they would be given work permit in Dubai later.”
As soon as they reached the immigration check at the airport, the officials raised doubts and questioned them. “When the true story became known, a complaint was given to Punjab Police,” said an airport official.
Inspector H S Bal, Station House Officer, Airport police station, said that they registered a case after a complaint by the chief immigration officer, Chandigarh International Airport. “Two people were arrested. We are investigating the case,” Bal said.
Chandigarh Airport CEO Sunil Dutt said six people were not allowed to board the Dubai flight after they had some visa issues.
This is the first incident which has come to light after the start of international flight operations at the Chandigarh International Airport. The first flight was started by the Air India Express to Sharjah from September 15, which was followed by a daily non-spot flight to Dubai by IndiGo from September 26.
A senior official said the immigration staff were active enough to prevent agents from sending people out of the country on the pretext of providing them employment.