Hyderabad: On Saturday, the sleuths of Commissioner’s Task Force, East Zone Team, Hyderabad, raided a fake visa consultancy “VISAKNOTS Consultancy & Travel Services India Private Limited” near Chermas Bus Stop, Abids, and apprehended one Syed Idrees Sajid, 32. The sleuths also seized fake documents, two computers, two CPUs, one printer-cum-scanner-copier and fax machine, four cell phones, six land phones, one pen drive and other incriminating material from his possession.
The Hyderabad City Police Commissioner, in a pressnote, has stated that investigation revealed that Syed Idrees Sajid is an expert in producing fake documents for visa applicants. It was known that some accused prepare fake documents for obtaining visas. But, in this case, Sajid produces documents of high quality using various commonly used softwares. He has been linked through contact information and sub-vendors to multiple US visa applicants fraudulently claiming to own or be employees of various businesses and Industrial houses. He prepares documents showing his client (Visa applicant) is owner of big Industrial or business firms or a top executive in top Industrial houses. He also prepares other documents showing that the Visa Applicant is attending a Conference or seminar in the U.S.A and for this purpose he needs Visa. He also has nexus with various visa consultants and visa facilitators.
In the past, the accused processed visa applications for some Gujarati residents showing them as residents of Hyderabad leading to suspicions that he may be involved in coordinated human smuggling across the State and international borders, including possible passport fraud. The documents and ledger books seized from his office indicated payments of Rs 150,000 TO Rs 4,50,000. Initially, the applicant has to pay an initial processing fee of Rs 20,000 and if visa is issued, he or she has to pay the rest of the amount.
VISAKNOTS facility has two computer systems and copier-scanner. Interestingly, the two-room office space has four phone connections to answer any possible employment related queries. He claims to have specialized knowledge to assist visa aspirants to many countries. According to Sajid, visa aspirants are introduced by his previous clients. Upon initial payment, Sajid will initiate the visa application, produce fake documents and later fix the visa interview date. Later, applicants are parroted to answer questions which may be posed by the visa officer.
To ensure safe custody of the fake documents, the fraudulent package is only handed on the day of the interview. After completion of the visa interview the package is collected back to avoid any possible law enforcement action. Further, he also prepares fake Labour Licence, Income Tax Returns, APGST Certificates and Form Registration, Company Letter Heads, Visiting Cards, Salary Certificates, Partnership Deeds and other related documents which are essential for obtaining Visa using CORELDRAW Software and also forges them. He sends these documents of his clients to the Consulates of the U.S.A. and the U.K. at Chennai and Hyderabad.
The accused and the seized materials were handed over to the SHO Abids Police Station for further action.
The arrests were made under the supervision of Mr M. Srinivasulu, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Commissioner’s Task Force, by Mr R.G. Siva Maruthi, Inspector of Police, and Mr K. Ravinder Reddy, Sub-Inspector of Police. (NSS)