NEW DELHI

One held with stolen visas

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24. One person has been arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police for allegedly receiving stolen Schengen visas, which permits travel across 15 European Union countries, from a travel agent suspected to be involved in a manpower racket. The latter, however, managed to escape the police trap.

According to the police, the trap was laid at a petrol pump near Chanakya cinema on Wednesday where the suspect was to come to deliver stolen Schengen visas to a contact. Atul Bata, who received the seven stolen visa stickers, was arrested on the spot while the travel agent, identified as Amanpreet Singh, managed to escape.

The police said Amanpreet, who owns two hotels in Paharganj, and Atul were involved in illegal human trafficking for the past five years.

Investigations also revealed that the Schengen visas recovered from Atul were part of 74 visa stickers which had been stolen from the Norwegian Embassy in December 2004. More than 30 Norwegian passports had also been stolen in the incident.

Recently, the Indira Gandhi International Airport police registered several cases of people being deported by countries after they found them travelling on forged documents. Amanpreet, who charged around Rs. 2 lakhs for each visa sticker, was said to be involved in many of these cases. The police are now trying to trace him.

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