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Britain probes 'scam' where Indian nationals are brought in as religious ministers

Published on Jan 22, 2014 1:22 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Nineteen people were arrested in raids on Tuesday targeting a suspected immigration scam where people are brought from India to Britain as religious ministers and then disappear.

The Home Office, or Interior Ministry, said the raids were "part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the Khalsa Missionary Society", a Sikh religious and cultural centre based in Manchester, north-west England.

Officers visited and searched 15 addresses across England in Southall and Hounslow in west London, Slough, Birmingham, Southampton, Luton and Leicester.

"The investigation is focused on the sponsoring of Indian nationals to work at the society as ministers of religion, under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 migrant workers system," the Home Office said.

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