Cops conduct raids at immigration firms in Jalandhar

Cops conduct raids at immigration firms in Jalandhar

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 4

The police today conducted searches at immigration firms near near the bus stand, PIMS and other places.

Acting on a complaint against one of the firms that it allegedly committed a fraud with a student, the police raided the firm’s premisesnear the bus stand and checked its licence among other official documents.

“The licence was found valid up to 2026. The firm was also dealing in IELTS classes. The provisions of the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2012, and rules framed under the Act were being followed by the firm,” said police officials.

They said police also conducted surprise checks at other immigration offices. “The immigration frauds are on the rise, many innocent students fall prey to fake travel agents, who dupe them of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of sending them abroad. Therefore, under the directions of Police Commissioner Gursharan Singh Sandhu, different teams have been formed to check if the immigration firms are following all the provisions of the Act,” they added.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation, Jaskiranjit Singh Teja said, “We have told the immigration firms to comply with the provisions of the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2012, and rules framed under the Act or close down their operations with immediate effect.” He said this exercise of the police will continue for the next few days and if any firm found violating the law or operating without a license, FIR will be lodged against its owner on the spot.

The DCP also urged the students to approach only those travel agents who had a valid licence issued by the district administration.

Comply with rules

We have told the immigration firms to comply with the provisions of the Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2012, and rules framed under the Act or close down their operations with immediate effect. — Jaskiranjit Singh Teja, DCP

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