44 women from TS, AP cheated on by travel agent; detained at RGIA

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Hyderabad: Immigration authorities on Tuesday arrested 44 women at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) after they attempted to travel to Kuwait with fake visas and other travel documents.

Originally from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, they were trying to get to Kuwait for work. The police later released them after realizing that they were victims of visa fraud.

The women were reportedly attracted to a Mumbai-based agent promising them jobs in Kuwait. After collecting the money, the agent, with the help of local touts in Andhra Pradesh, created fake visas and other documents. The women were in the 35 and 50 age group.

Preliminary investigation revealed that officers had booked two visas: a visit visa to show to immigration officials and the other, a work visa, to show to Kuwaiti officials. They then booked a flight for the women of the RGIA. However, at the immigration counter, officials. who checked the documents, found them false and immediately alerted the Central Industrial Security Force, which took them into custody.

Airport authorities turned the women over to RGIA police, who investigated and let them go as they were victims.

Although police have yet to identify the agency that issued false documents to the women, they have filed a complaint against an anonymous travel agency under Articles 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

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