Delhi Police to send list of illegal migrants to US via MEA

Recover iPads containing data on human trafficking from 4 arrested.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 3:06:34 am

Delhi Police will send a list of more than thousand Indians,who illegally migrated to the United States over the past two years with the help of four persons who were arrested two days ago,to the Ministry Of External Affairs (MEA).

Police had busted a human trafficking racket and arrested four persons,including an MBA graduate from Thames Valley University in London on Friday,while investigating a batch of 105 passports found abandoned in a bag at the Customs department of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.

Police said they had recovered three iPads from the accused,which contained the details of all the people who migrated to the USA illegally through Guatemala in Central America. Investigations revealed that the accused targeted people living in Gujarat and Punjab and charged them anywhere between Rs 16 to 32 lakh per person.

“We are scrutinising the data on the iPads and will send the details to the MEA who will forward it to the US Home department officials for further investigation,” said a senior police officer.

Police said many people from India who had migrated this way had also gone missing. “During raids in Gujarat,our teams met families who had not heard from their relatives for more than a year. They were not sure whether they were in the US or not. The agents told us that the Mexican mafia killed people if they became suspicious of them. After the passengers reached Guatemala they were allowed illegal entry into the USA through dense forests on the US-Mexican border. Their passports were confiscated by the members of the gang who would then send them back to India to their families as proof that they had entered the USA safely,” said the officer.

The ipads will also be examined in the forensic laboratory at Hyderabad. The gang used to communicate through mails. Sawan Rajnikant Trivedi (29),who had an MBA from London,was acting as a carrier for other agents as he had a 10-year US visa owing to his qualification.

Trivedi had travelled to the US six times in the last two years and each time he took a passenger with him posing as his relative. Besides Trivedi,the other accused have been identified as Guramrit Pal Singh Multani,Shashi Kiran Reddy and Sujeet Kumar.

“There are several other agents who were in touch with the accused and we are on the lookout for them as well. We have identified them and formed teams to nab them. The accused were running a pan-India racket through word-of-mouth references. Most of the people who migrated to the US,did so after selling their property or houses to pay off these agents,” the officer said.

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