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Man travels to S Africa on fake visa, deported

Source: Ahmedabad Mirror, 25/06/2019

According to the complaint filed by immigration officer Narendrakumar at Airport police station, 33-year-old Aswat Mohammad had travelled to South Africa in 2011 on a visitor visa and reportedly took asylum there on the grounds of `weaker economic status in India and being a Muslim`. He then started working in Johannesburg on a work permit. There he applied for extension of his visa which was rejected by South African authorities in 2017. He told officials that he had given his passport to an agent named Altaf for visaformalities in South Africa who returned his passport with a visa sticker. He lived in South Africa for around 18 months after that. He came to India in November 2018 and returned to South Africa on June 20 this year. However, during checking at Johannesburg airport, his visa was found to be fake. He was detained and kept in police custody and later deported back to Ahmedabad. There, he washanded over to Airport police. Aswat claimed he was unaware that the visa sticker he obtained from Altaf was fake. Airport PI K C Rathwa told Mirror, `We have registered the case and the accused (Aswat) will be produced in court.`


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