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Human trafficking racket busted

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NEW DELHI: Three men allegedly involved in a human trafficking racket have been arrested in South Delhi. One of the accused had stolen the passport of an IPS officer.

Police officer Jasveer Singh lodged a complaint last July alleging that his passport had been stolen. A resident of Lucknow, Mr. Singh said he had sent the passport to R.K. Puram-based Select Travels through a local agency for a Canadian visa but was later informed that the passport had gone missing.

The police questioned employees of Select Travels and a courier agency through which the document had been sent. They zeroed in on a courier boy, Dipt Kumar, who purportedly confessed to having stolen the passport as it bore a Canadian visa. He then allegedly sold the passport to Nitin Rattan and Kuldeep through a tout named Prakash.

Nitin and Kuldeep, who earlier worked with travel agencies, sold the passport to Satvinder Singh Dhindsa, a Canadian citizen, who further sold it to Paramjeet. According to police, Paramjeet sent a person, Amarjeet, from Tashkent to Canada on that passport, without changing its contents.

Based on the findings, the police have arrested Dipt Kumar, Satvinder Singh Dhindsa and Nitin. Satvinder’s family is settled in Canada, but he frequents India to allegedly send people abroad illegally, they added.

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