Hyderabad: The sleuths of the commissioner's task force, central zone team, arrested two persons on 17 December for impersonating as travel agents and cheating unemployed youth on the pretext of providing visas.

The two have been identified as Mohammed Haseeb Ahmed (36) of Nampally and Mohammed Ahmed Suleman (34) of Mallepally. Another accused, Shah Varshal from Gujarat, is absconding.

The three men would lure unemployed youths by promising to provide job visa for Australia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, New Zealand, and other foreign countries. They collected about Rs. 2-2.5 lakhs from each candidate.

Haseeb collected original passports and other documents from the candidates along with some advance amount. Later, he sent scanned copies of the passport and documents to Varshal who then prepared a fake visa and sent it to Haseeb via WhatsApp. The latter then sent the fake visa to the candidates and collected the balance amount for their passports and documents. Once the candidates paid the money, Haseeb would avoid their calls. In this way, the three had cheated about 15-20 people.

Some of the victims filed cases against the gang in Nampally, Humayun Nagar, Asif Nagar, Golconda, and Chaderghat police stations. They are wanted in six cases in the limits of Hyderabad commissionerate.

Haseeb was handed over to the SHO of Nampally police station and Suleman was handed over to the SHO of Humayunnagar station for further action. Efforts are in progress to apprehend the absconding Varshal.

The Hyderabad police have advised people not to believe in mediators or agents who make false promises of providing employment in foreign countries. Confirm with concerned competent authorities before giving money to the agents, they said.

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