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ED Raids 22 Locations, Seizes Rs 1.5 Crore Cash in Illegal Immigration Racket Case

New Delhi, January 21: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has carried out search operations on January 19 and 20, 2024 at 22 locations in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Surat and Mehsana linked to the key conspirators Bobby @ Bharatbhai Patel, Charanjit Singh and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The searches were in connection with an investigation into illegal foreign immigration rackets being run since 2015. The ED initiated the investigation based on two FIRs registered by the Gujarat Police under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Passports Act.

The ED investigation revealed that the accused persons were charging Rs. 60-75 lakhs from each passenger, Rs. 1-1.25 crores from a couple and Rs. 1.25-1.75 crores if children were also travelling abroad. They were using bogus or fabricated documents and duplicate passports to send Indian citizens abroad illegally.

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During the searches, the ED seized cash amounting to around Rs. 1.5 crores in Indian and foreign currency along with incriminating digital and documentary evidence.

ED Raids 22 Locations, Seizes Rs 1.5 Crore Cash in Illegal Immigration Racket Case

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Bobby Patel was also allegedly involved in the 2022 Dingucha case where a family of four froze to death while attempting to illegally enter the United States from Canada.

Further investigation into the rackets is underway.

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