Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Two foreign nationals allegedly wanted in connection with an illegal immigration racket have been arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. One of them is from Nepal and the other is an Afghani national.

The police were tipped off that Rehman, a resident of Afghanistan who was wanted along with a Nepalese national, Anand Subba Limbu, in immigration cases in Kolkata, had been operating from Bhogal here. The accused had tried to facilitate immigration of Afghani nationals to other countries via Cambodia and Indonesia.

A police team laid a trap and arrested the two accused on Sunday.

During interrogation, Rehman purportedly disclosed that as the Australian authorities had not been issuing visas to Afghani nationals, he allegedly arranged fake Nepalese passports for six of his countrymen. However, they were arrested in Kolkata along with two other alleged gang members, Jeevan and Hari, on April 21. The Afghani nationals were going to Australia via Cambodia and Indonesia.

According to the police, the forged passports were arranged by Jeevan, Anand and Hari, all from Nepal. Hari is based in Cambodia.

The police said Rehman charged 3,500 dollars per head to arrange the passports. At his instance, Jeevan and his relative Anand had got the passports made through Krishna, also a Nepali national, on the basis of fake identities. The photographs and other relevant details of the six Afghani nationals were sent to Krishna through e-mail. Subsequently Krishna sent the passports to the Capital through courier.