UK NRI to pay £303,368
for smuggling illegal migrants from India into Britain
Daubhill, UK, Dec. 20, 2008
NRI Asif Patel, 32, who was a major player in an international
people smuggling operation, jailed for five years in April, has
been asked to pay £303,368 by January 31, or face a further
five years in prison. He owned a mobile phone shop at Daubhill,
North England and found guilty as one of the six people convicted
in January of smuggling illegal migrants from India into Britain.
According to court documents, Patel sent money to contacts in India
who recruited the clients, using a money exchange bureau. Each of
the illegal migrants smuggled into the UK reportedly paid around
8,000 pounds. In 2006, his house on Croston Street was raided for
His smuggling gang team members were Sajid Bhikhi, Asif Bhikhi,
Sikandar Patel, Soyab Patel and Sabbir Patel were also charged for
different terms of imprisonment. First they bring Indian citizens
to Africa, forged South African passports, stole documents and bring
to Britain as visitors for a period of six months.
In 1999, the investigation started when an illegal passport-making
factory was discovered under a staircase in a house in Leicester
Through a corrupt official at the Heathrow airport in UK, the Indian
nationals were also brought into Britain and then facilitated to
travel to Canada or the US.