‘Had duped job aspirants with fake visas’
SRINAGAR: Owner of a fake job consultancy, Al-Irfan International Manpower Resources, sought by the police on fraud charges involving millions of rupees, is still at large even after an entire year has passed since the issue came to fore in 2018.
Mukhtar Amin Bhat, accused of duping dozens of job aspirants of hundreds of thousands rupees through the fake job consultancy, has been absconding since March 2018 when the J&K Police’s Crime Branch started investigation in the case.
As per the aggrieved aspirants, Bhat, the proprietor of Al-Irfan International Manpower Resources, Natipora, had promised to arrange visas and jobs to unemployed persons in various countries, especially in the Gulf.
The aspirants complained that the company had collected about Rs 1,50,000 to Rs 3,00,000 from each aspirant for arranging visas and jobs but failed to keep the promise as all the documents provided by the consultancy were fake.
“The consultancy had issued visa to me for Australia after accepting the money. But, later I found through online platform that the travel document is fake. I was shocked and complained to him (Bhat) to which he replied smartly – sensing trouble, he went into hiding,” said Danish Tariq, an aspirant.
“This is not only cheating but a forgery case involving the owner and his associates,” Tariq said adding that the police had failed so far to catch the accused and recover their money.
“Crime Branch has already registered an FIR in the case, but there has been no arrest so far, even after one year. The fraudster duped us of hard-earned money, but the police is still not so proactive,” said Nisar Ahmad, another aspirant.
Last month, Crime Branch Kashmir had registered a case punishable U/S 420, 467, 468 RPC against the proprietor for duping the job seekers.
The case was filed on a complaint from Zahoor Ahmed, son of Ghulam Rasool of Kral-Khud, and Javid Ahmad Bhat, son of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat of Noorpora, Tral.
Crime Branch officials told Kashmir Reader that the owner had been booked as the investigation corroborated the claims made by the aspirants.
“We have booked the proprietor in fraud and forgery case and intensified the manhunt for him. The case was complicated as it involved multiple complaints in different police stations. We will try to club all the complaints and present a charge sheet in the court,” said a senior official.
He said the department would seek confiscation of the property under the name of the accused.
“The case will become strong only after we gather enough proof against the accused. So fa, we have recovered some fake travel documents from his home after extensive searches,” the official said.
According to him, the Crime Branch had started the investigation in April 2018 immediately after receiving the complaints.