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Thursday, August 11, 2016

3 Nigerians used forged visas to travel to India

PANAJI: Goa police have arrested three Nigerian nationals who were found to have travelled to India using forged visas. Police also suspect that passports of the alleged accused are bogus and that it could be an organised racket.

The three were identified as Augustine Anefoh, Obey Sunny and Joshua Eze. They have been booked under different sections of IPC such as cheating, forgery and also under the foreigners act. The alleged accused were staying at Sangolda since the last couple of months. One had come in April whereas the other two in the month of May and another in June, informed the police.
The incident came to light after the police verified the details provided by the alleged accused in the C-forms submitted to the FRRO-Goa.
After a preliminary inquiry, Saligao police found that visas (business) based on which they travelled to Goa were forged while there is suspicion that passports of the alleged accused are also forged, informed Umesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police, North Goa. The trio was arrested on Tuesday and is currently in police custody.
“The details of passports and visas provided by the accused were found to be invalid. These details were later also verified with the Indian Embassy, in Nigeria and found that visas are forged,” said Gaonkar, adding, the “visas were actually issued to someone else.”
“The question remains as to from where these alleged accused obtained the visas. Our investigation is in that direction. The accused are suppressing the information; their passports also appear to be fake,” informed Gaonkar.
Police say that the alleged accused claimed to be into clothing business. “One of the accused has come to Goa for the first time while the other two had visited on previous occasions. The accused are not cooperating with the investigation,” Gaonkar stated, adding that, “we suspect there could be a fake visa/passport racket operating in some part of India from where the accused have obtained the visas. We are looking into this aspect.”
The alleged accused have told the police that they first landed at Mumbai airport and later came down to Goa. The police are also in process of obtaining details of these accused from the immigration authorities as well as the police in Mumbai.

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