Worker held in raid

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

A MAN was arrested after immigration officers raided an Indian restaurant in Exmouth. Seven officers from the UK Border Agency and two police officers visited Ganges Restaurant, High Street, at 6pm on Tuesday, October 14. A 56-year-old man from Bangladesh

A MAN was arrested after immigration officers raided an Indian restaurant in Exmouth.Seven officers from the UK Border Agency and two police officers visited Ganges Restaurant, High Street, at 6pm on Tuesday, October 14.A 56-year-old man from Bangladesh, employed as a supervisor, was believed to have no legal right to work in the UK, according to the UK Border Agency.The agency said he had the right to live in the UK, but not to work. He had an immigration application pending - if it was unsuccessful, steps would be taken to remove him from the country.A spokesman for the restaurant said the man had been working at the Ganges for four years and had the correct papers when he was hired.The restaurant, which has been open since 1970, may face a fine of up to £10,000 if the owner, Bashar Lashkor, is found to have not taken the proper steps in making sure the man was legally permitted to work.Mr Lashkor was unavailable for comment.Ashraf, a waiter at the Ganges, said: "He has a correct passport... when they came, they asked us for our passports, but he had no passport with him so they took him away."The man was arrested and taken to Heavitree Road Police Station, Exeter.Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency, said: "We have changed the law to punish negligent bosses who fail to carry out the right checks on staff."Our message to employers is clear - ignorance is not a defence."The Government recently introduced a point-based system for managing migration, and the UK Border Agency has started naming on its website employers who have been fined under the new rules.

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