The lure of getting a Canadian visa did them in. Two men from Naroda lost Rs 48 lakh to three travel agents who promised to get them Canadian work visas.
Victims Viral and Darshan Patel paid the amount to the accused travel agents Parth Jani, Prakash Patel and Anshuman Negi in instalments, between March and July this year, the two said in a complaint lodged with the Gandhinagar CID (crime) police.
Following this, the agents were booked in connection with the case. Parth is from Sargasan in Gandhinagar, Prakash Patel from Uvarsad in Gandhinagar, and Negi is from Vasantnagar in New Delhi
Viral Patel, 33, a resident of Kathwada Road, told police that he was trying to relocate to Canada. He sought advice from his friend Mayur Patel, who directed him to Prakash and Jani. The duo ran a tour operating firm named Pelican Immigration Consultant in Kudasan.
They allegedly promised to help him secure a work visa for Canada. Viral introduced his brother-in-law, Darshan Patel, and four others to the agents. “We were told to pay Rs 1.16 crore for our move to Canada. Convinced, Darshan and I paid Rs 48 lakh to Prakash and Jani. The two provided a letter of labour market impact assessment (LMIA) created by Negi, guaranteeing employment for us in Canada,” Viral told police.
Prakash and Jani allegedly assured Viral and Darshan that they would depart for Canada on September 17. “However, we later discovered that the two had forged the visa stamps to deceive us,” Viral alleged.
Based on Viral’s complaint, the CID (Crime) police registered a case against Prakash, Jani, and Negi on charges of breach of trust, cheating, forgery, producing forged documents as genuine, and criminal conspiracy.