Chandigarh, July 5 - Former Union Minister, Mr. Balwant Singh Ramuwalia and famous Punjabi singer Mr. Harbhajan Mann visited Haryana Home Minister, Mr. Anil Vij at his residence today to enquire about his health and wish him a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, former Union Minister Ramuwalia appreciated and thanked Mr. Vij for constituting a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to keep a check on immigration fraud ‘Kabootarbaazi’ in Haryana. He said that during his political career, he had raised his voice against

‘Kabootarbaazi’ and took action against it in Punjab, but despite his efforts for many decades, the governments of Punjab paid no heed to it. He said that by constituting an SIT in Haryana, Mr. Vij has dealt a big blow to the business of immigration fraud. This will not only tighten the noose around the fraudsters but will also provide relief and justice to lakhs of victims in the State.

Mr. Vij said that the newly constituted SIT has arrested about 30 agents accused in more than 24 cases in various districts for illegally sending people abroad and recovered more than Rs. 35 lakhs from their possession. He said that the command of this SIT has been given to Inspector General of Police, Karnal Range, Mrs. Bharti Arora, and six other SP level officers have been included in it.

Mr. Vij said that the SIT constituted by the government is also investigating the cases registered in the previous years. This fraud came to light when youth from Haryana was illegally sent to the United States by some agents in the year 2018-19, where they were caught by the police and jailed. After being in jail for a long time, they were deported to India by the US government. Taking cognizance of their complaints, on the orders of the Haryana government, 254 cases were filed against the agents by the police. Apart from this, 156 new cases of immigration fraud have been registered which are being investigated by this SIT, he added.