Crime branch of Lucknow police has busted a gang of cheats with the arrest of five persons who have arranged illegal immigration of around 1000 people and duped them of Rs 25 crore, police said today.

Senior Superintendent of Police Yashaswi Yadav today said that the network of the gang was spread in eastern UP. The gang members were in contact with agents in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangaluru, and Gulf countries, he said.

The gang allegedly used to trick people into immigration to foreign countries on the basis of tourist visas, while charging a fee for work visa from them.

The immigration aspirants seeking their services were allegedly told that they were being sent on work visa. On reaching their destinations, they used to be informed by migration authorities later, that they had landed on tourist visa instead of work visa.

The police spokesperson said that the gang has sent 346 people illegally on tourist visa so far.

He said that 76 passports, 204 copies of passport, 68 fake medical certificates and 29 fake visas were seized from their possession. All the accused have been arrested and police has filed a case in this connection.