Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bengaluru: 2 Immigration Bureau men accused in trafficking case

A Bengaluru Police probe into the trafficking of Nepali women to the Middle East has found that two key immigration officers, on deputation to the Bureau of Immigration from the Central Intelligence Bureau, had ensured a human trafficking gang safe passage allegedly for Rs 15,000 per woman.
Police have now written to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking its sanction to prosecute the two IB officials working at the Kempegowda International Airport, Assistant Foreigners Regional Registration Officer L T Deepak (39) and his assistant Shailendra Kumar (29). In the chargesheet, police have named the IB officers as key facilitators.
Two Karnataka Police constables, D H Lokesh and Vishwanath Math, earlier deputed to the immigration department, are also among 10 others accused in the racket. The immigration officials and the policemen arrested are currently out on bail.
The trafficking ring was busted on December 11, last year, when police acting on a tip-off raided a lodge in the the old city area. At the lodge, police found 35 Nepali women in two rooms, all waiting to be trafficked to countries in the Middle East by a gang of Nepali and Indian men.
29/06/19 Johnson TA/Indian Express

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