The overseas jobs racket busted by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch earlier this week has its roots in the family trade of one of the accused, police said. The accused has allegedly told the police that his grandfather used to make rubber stamps for a living and that he learnt the craft from him and used the knowledge to forge appointment letters in the name of foreign companies as part of the racket.
On April 6, the Unit I of the Crime Branch arrested Saeed Khan (57), Koteshwar Varahalu (55), Deepak Singh (45) and Ramakaran Singh (55) for allegedly duping unemployed youth into paying them for jobs abroad. The police said the accused would book tickets to foreign countries for their victims in order to sell their lie but would cancel the tickets before the victims reached the airport, and would use forged appointment letters to sell their lies.
“During interrogation, Khan, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said his grandfather used to make rubber stamps in his native place for a living, and Khan learnt the art from him. After coming to Mumbai, Khan hit upon the idea of using the skill for forgery. He contacted the other accused, who are his friends, and started the racket. The quartet would keep shifting offices every six months to avoid getting caught. They had moved into their south Mumbai office, from where they were picked up, last November. They were going to shift offices by the end of this month,” said a Crime Branch officer.
The officer added that the art of making rubber stamps came in handy in convincing the victims about “well paying jobs” in Canada, Kuwait, Singapore and Dubai, as the accused would give them appointment letters bearing stamps of various companies based overseas.
“A total of 34 victims have approached us so far. We are recording their statements. We are interrogating the accused further to find out for how long they had been active. Apart from forged appointment letters and forged visas, we have also found several forged vehicle registration certificates bearing logos and stamps of Regional Transport Offices. We are also inquiring whether the accused were running a separate racket,” the officer said.
Inquiries till now have revealed that Khan has similar cases registered against him with the JJ Marg and the Dongri police, and the Crime Branch has contacted both police stations, asking for details of the cases.