Consultancy ‘cheats’ aspirants with ‘forged’ visas

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Another firm abandons aspirants in Dubai

SRINAGAR: The J&K Police’s Crime branch has started an investigation into an alleged fake recruitment scam involving a job consultancy after receiving several complaints of cheating and visa fraud.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that dozens of persons who aspired to go abroad especially to Gulf countries for work as skilled laborers were allegedly cheated by Al-Irfan International by promising them handsomely paid jobs against a huge amount.
The victims approached the Crime Branch, Srinagar and lodged complaints against Mukhtar Amin Bhat, the proprietor of Al-Irfan International, Natipora, which promised to arrange visas and jobs to unemployed persons. They complained that the company had collected about Rs 1,50,000 from each to arrange visas and jobs, but failed to keep the promise.
“As per the complaints, the consultancy has issued fake visas to the aspirants after accepting the money. This is not only the cheating but a forgery case involving the proprietor of Al-Irfan Internaltional and his associates,” said a source.
SSP Crime Branch, Javaid Koul admitted that the case has been registered against Al-Irfan International after four to five complaints against its proprietor. However, he didn’t divulge details of the investigation and action taken against the firm.
“We have started the investigation immediately after receiving the complaints. But, I can’t reveal the details because it is in the first stage,” he said.
Meanwhile, another case has surfaced through social media against Al-Muntaha Consultancy which is operating from Khayam Srinagar and has allegedly cheated many job aspirants.
“The Al-Muntaha Consultancy, a rogue recruiter, operating from Khayam Srinagar is charging job seekers hefty amounts by luring them into jobs that later turn out fake promises,” Iqbal Buch, a Kashmiri working in Dubai writes on his Facebook page.
He claimed that he has met the victims in Dubai who were in complete disarray and distress.
Buch said that a man identified as Showkat, who runs Al-Muntaha consultancy, has left many job seekers in the lurch after abandoning them at Dubai. “He had promised them that after reaching Dubai they will be welcomed by the officials of the company who will arrange accommodations for them and other prerequisites. But, on arrival there was no one to receive them,” he said.
“The victim who is in an absolute shock said that he was cheated by this consultant in Srinagar and his accomplices in Dubai who took 130000 INR and they refused to respond to his phone calls.
The people are going through the series of sufferings in the ongoing trouble hit Kashmir. We as responsible citizens should condemn these acts and such thugs and their malicious practices prevalent in our society by bringing the culprits to punishment,” he said.
SHO of Khanyar Police Station, Parvez Ahmad said they had not registered any case against the consultancy as yet. “Some people informed us about the alleged fraud but we didn’t receive any formal complaint as yet. We should receive a written complaint against the agency so that we proceed properly,” he said.
SSP Crime Branch expressed ignorance about the Al-Muntaha fraud case. However, he assured to take up the issue if a formal complaint is sent to him.
“I don’t know anything about the second issue. Let the victims send us a formal complaint,” he said.