Illegal trip to US, 37 families from Gujarat fear they may be ‘disappeared’ in Turkey | Ahmedabad News

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Ahmedabad: The number of immigrants, who are feared to have disappeared on their dangerously illegal journey from Gujarat to the United States, shot dead up to 136, senior police investigating trafficking rackets have revealed of human beings.
Investigators investigating the disappearance of six illegal immigrants – two couples and two children from a village of Kalol taluka – who traveled to Turkey in January discovered that 18 other Gujaratis, who had chosen to enter the United States illegally by the Mexico-Turkey route, had been allegedly kidnapped after landing in Istanbul. Further investigation revealed that the number is believed to be as high as 37 families, comprising 112 people from Gandhinagar, Mehsana and Ahmedabad districts, senior police officials said.
“The investigation into the disappearance of six illegal immigrants has revealed that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The investigation revealed that 18 other people from Gandhinagar and Mehsana were also allegedly abducted in Turkey. Today, it is suspected that no less than 112 other such illegal migrants are either missing or kidnapped by the Turkish mafia,” said a police officer, aware of the developing situation.
The officer said the 37 families were sent to Istanbul between January 10 and 20. “Gujarat agents are linked to officials and criminal elements in other countries who facilitate the smuggling process. Turkey is a halfway stop for those who want to enter the United States without legal permission. Once in Turkey, immigrants are sent to Mexico by air or sea using fake passports. Then, agents in Mexico smuggle the migrants into the United States. However, in this case, the mafia trapped the illegal immigrants. Some of their relatives received calls asking for a ransom ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. These family members are not prepared to file a complaint with the police for fear it will harm those in captivity,” the officer said.
Most of these missing people are from northern Gujarat, where the rural masses are massively obsessed with immigrating to the United States by any means.
Officers listed the significant risks that illegal immigrants endure in their quest to cross to the land of their dreams. “When illegal immigrants arrive in Turkey, human smugglers in Istanbul keep them in rented apartments for 3-6 months until they get clearance from their counterparts in Mexico. Even if they leave Turkey safely, illegal immigrants risk being tortured by Mexicans if their agent in Gujarat or those sponsoring the illegal trip – mainly angadias – do not provide money for their expenses.
Illegal immigration rackets in Gujarat have come under scrutiny after four members of a Patel family from Dingucha in Gandhinagar froze to death near the Canadian border while attempting to enter the United States illegally in January.
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