Monday, 2 November 2009

More Fraud From Punjab: Close Canada's Diplomatic Mission In Chandigarh Now!

The Toronto Star reports on a fake Canadian visa scam cracked by Indian police. The fraudsters operated out of New Delhi and (surprise, surprise) Chandigarh, the capital city of India's Punjab state. It should be noted that Punjab is home to the majority of India's Sikhs.
Indian police say they have cracked a ring of criminals who conspired to operate one of the biggest fake visa scams in years involving Canada.

The alleged crooks lurked on the leafy streets outside Canada's diplomatic mission in New Delhi, as well as in the office of a bogus travel and tourism company in Punjab, a state in northwestern India.

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The fake visa service charged Indians as much as $21,000 to obtain bogus visas, police said, adding they believe the ring operated through a company called Kaavi Tour and Travels in Chandigarh, Punjab's capital city.

Documents and files seized by police indicate the ring, allegedly headed by a man named Anil Kumar - who has at least three aliases - may have cheated victims out of more than $650,000. That would make it one of the biggest visa fraud operations police here have exposed in years.

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Canadian High Commission staff say privately that immigration consultants such as Kumar continue to be a vexing problem. Immigration agents are not regulated and the business has become huge, particularly in Chandigarh, where Canada is the only foreign country with a visa-granting office.

Canadian diplomatic missions around the world are subject to fraud so there is nothing new here. Besides, this is India. We should expect it.

What is of particular interest in this case is Canada's diplomatic mission in Chandigarh, Punjab, India. As stated in the article it is the only foreign mission operating in the state and, I should add, at a cost to taxpayers of $25 million a year. It was opened by the Liberal party of Canada to reward Indo-Canadian voters (meaning Sikhs) for their loyalty and continued support. This was done while ignoring warnings that the city is rife with fraud and opening a mission would expose Canada to it more so. Looks like the critics were right.

This isn't the first reported case of fraud from Punjab. Read here, here, and here for more.

Canada should close its mission in Chandigarh. It is a waste of money. It only functions to serve the needs of Canada's Sikh community and the need for the Liberal Party of Canada to import more supporters. It doesn't serve Canada's interests. In this post we learn that the refusal rate for temporary visas at the Chandigarh mission is 50%. That's what the government officially admits despite protests that the refusal rate is 90%. Martin Collacott writes in this National Post article that "our consulate in the Indian state of Punjab has had to reject up to 80% of applications".
High levels of fraud on the part of people attempting to come to Canada are by no means limited to people from Somalia and other countries in the region. Fraudulent application rates of more than 50% are common in some parts of China, while our consulate in the Indian state of Punjab has had to reject up to 80% of applications, in many cases for similar reasons (compared to a rejection rate of only 19% at our visa office in Delhi).

If the rejection rate is so high then why do we need a diplomatic mission there at all? It appears we don't need so many immigrants from the Punjab to warrant a mission there. If anything it is only facilitating the importation of relatives into Canada, and immigrants who enter Canada as a family class immigrant do not need any job skills or language skills. Canada does not need these people.

The Sikh community is a particularly pandered to community by Canada's political parties. According to this Wikipedia entry, citing StatsCan, Sikhs compose 50% of the Indo-Canadian community even though they are only 2% of India's population (there are more Christians in India than Sikhs). They are the Indo-Canadian community! They are politically active and can deliver decisive block votes in electoral ridings where you either vote with them or you don't vote at all. That's why I have little hope that the mission will be closed. Canada's immigration system has more to do with politics than serving the real needs of the nation.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tamil Tigers look to regroup in Canada: expert

The Tamil Tigers organization hopes to use Canada as a strategic base to continue the fight against the government of Sri Lanka, according to an authority on the alleged terrorist group.

"I cannot think of any other country that is more important for the Tamil Tigers as Canada, to regroup and continue their campaign against Sri Lanka," said Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, a Singapore-based think-tank.

Gunaratna is advising the Canadian government as it investigates the 75 Tamil migrants currently in immigration custody in Vancouver. The men were found aboard a ship seized off the coast of British Columbia on Oct. 17.

Lawyers for the men have said they are not Tamil Tigers, but Gunaratna disagreed.

"There are many members of the Tamil Tigers on board that vessel," Gunaratna said in an interview from Singapore. The Tigers — banned in Canada as a terrorist organization — were defeated in May 2009 after a 23-year insurgency.

Alleged mastermind named
Gunaratna also alleged that a Canadian — Ravi Shankar Kanagaraja — was the mastermind behind the ship's arrival.

"He arranged for this ship to come to Canada, and right now the Canadian authorities are hunting for him," Gunaratna said.

One of the lawyers for the men has accused Gunaratna of bias because of his past association with Sri Lanka's government.

"If they are going to make allegations that people are connected to the Tamil Tigers, they'd better have evidence and, from my point of view, Mr. Gunaratna is not credible," said Lorne Waldeman.

In Ottawa, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney suggested Tuesday he was heeding the advice of the government's expert for now.

"It's our view [the migrants] constitute a flight risk and we are not entirely satisfied about their backgrounds," Kenney said.

An immigration hearing Monday for one of the migrants was told that residue of two chemicals used in explosives was found on clothing owned by two of the men aboard the vessel.

Monday's hearing was also told that the identity of the ship was hidden on its voyage to Canada because it was known to have been used to ship arms for the Tamil Tigers.

Lawyers representing the men are seeking to have them accepted as refugees in Canada, and say the men lives would be in danger if they were forced to return to Sri Lanka.

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Well thats one way of working with SL Military Intelligence to grab the real identities and backgrounds of these "refugees".

PaxCanadiana said...

anon

Thanks for the update. I'm watching this story and curious how it will play out.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...this story appears in the Toronto Sun newspaper.

UAE Perera said...

And on the Australia front:

Lankan migrant’s spokesperson is a human smuggler

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia has informed the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry that ‘Alex’ the spokesman of the suspected 255 illegal Sri Lankan migrants in Indonesia had been involved in human smuggling for a long time and it is believed that his office is based in India.

Alex also once belonged to ‘Kannan Gang’ involved in street fights and was deported from Canada in 2003, after being arrested for trouble making. His date of birth is 6th January 1982.

According to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia ‘Alex’ had been involved in human smuggling for a long time and it is believed that his office is based in India. His brother who is now is Canada is also involved in human smuggling, and Canadian Mounted Police are after him, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said.

http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=67071

Its also something to note that many Tamils from Tamil Nadu say they are from Sri Lanka as well. Reasons for which are no doubt obvious for both of us.

Oh the Anon @November 4, 2009 8:33:00 EST AM was me :)

UAE Perera said...

Alex is Kulaendrarajah Sanjeev belonged to 'Kannan Gang of Canada'

Colombo, 07 November, (Asiantribune.com): Alex - the spokesman of the suspected 255 illegal Sri Lankan migrants in Merak, Banten Province, Indonesia is none other than Kulaendrarajah Sanjeev, who once belonged to ‘Kannan Gang’ involved in street fights and was deported from Canada in 2003, after being arrested for trouble making.

This information was revealed to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to a statement released by the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry regarding Alex, his date of birth is 6th January 1982.

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Jakarta, has informed that they have confirmed from a reliable source the true identity of ‘Alex’, the spokesman of the suspected 255 illegal Sri Lankan migrants in Merak, Banten Province, Indonesia.

According to the Embassy information, Kulaendrarajah Sanjeev alias ‘Alex’ once belonged to ‘Kannan Gang’ involved in street fights and was deported from Canada in 2003, after being arrested for trouble making. His date of birth is 6th January 1982.

The Foreign Ministry statement further revealed that ‘Alex’ had been involved in human smuggling for a long time and it is believed that his office is based in India.

His brother who is now is Canada is also involved in human smuggling, and Canadian Mounted Police are after him.

- Asian Tribune -


http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/11/07/alex-kulaendrarajah-sanjeev-belonged-kannan-gang-canada

PaxCanadiana said...

Thanks for the updates and the link. I store the links away and intend to either blog about them or incorporate them into a post. Blogging about each and every individual issue that I come across is too taxing so I'm trying to write about them within groups. I have a back log of stories to write about but I take too long to write about anything. I haven't gotten the hand of blogging economically and I am no fan blogging myself but do so becuase immigration deserves more discussion than it is already allowed especially dissenting viewpoints.