Police officials arrested an Ahmedabad-based travel agent, Vishal Bamrate, for creating fake documents to help send unsuspecting victims to foreign countries. The crime came to light after 4 Indians were deported from Turkey for travelling with fake documents.
- A travel agent was arrested for making fake documents to help people travel abraod
- The scam was revealed after 4 Indians were deported from Turkey
- Efforts are underway to nab the travel agent’s co-conspirator based in Dubai
During the enquiry, they revealed that they wanted to go to the US. They all came in contact with an agent, 42-year-old Vishal Bamrate of Ahmedabad, who arranged their fake (Continuous Discharge Certificate) CDCs on the basis of which they travelled from Ahmedabad to Dubai and from Dubai to Iran. From Iran, they travelled to Turkey where they were apprehended by the authorities and deported back.
In view of a large-scale scam running worldwide that was duping people under the pretext of sending them to foreign countries, and to bust the whole nexus, a team was constituted with the specific tasks and to locate the movement of the alleged travel agent.
The team minutely scrutinized the accused’s modus operandi, and it was learnt that the alleged person was using an international WhatsApp number to contact the targets and procure their details.
Through electronic surveillance, the team arrested Vishal Bamrate on August 11 from his residence in Ahmedabad.
During the interrogation, he revealed that he used to work as a ticketing agent in Gujarat. Later, he started a shop and began to book tickets and arrange visas for passengers headed to Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. His business was badly affected by the covid pandemic, and, later, to recover his losses, he came in contact with an agent, Rupesh Patel, based in Dubai.
Rupesh Patel told him that he sent passengers illegally to the US and induced him to join him. The accused, Vishal Bamrate, is presently under police custody and efforts are underway to arrest his co-accused, Rupesh Patel.