Saturday, July 17, 2021

168 job aspirants deported from Maldives to Mumbai airport; two agents held

Mumbai: A total of 168 job aspirants from different parts of India were deported from the Maldives to Mumbai on Friday after the immigration officials in the Maldives found discrepancies in their travel itinerary.

On reaching, all the flyers filed a complaint with the Sahar police station against the travel agents and the Manpower Consulting Firm based at Delhi and Kolkata for allegedly duping them with false job promises in Gulf nations after collecting fees between Rs1 lakh to Rs1.5 lakh each (approximately a total of Rs2.5 crore) for the entire expenses.

Among the 168 victims, 40 each are from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and different parts of the country.

Based on the complaint, police arrested the two agents who will be produced before the court on Saturday after they were booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections for cheating and forgery.

The flyers learnt that they were duped when the immigration officials inquired them about reaching the Maldives. “The arrested travel agents who too travelled with the victims informed that the plan was to place the 168 aspirants in hotel quarantine at the Maldives for 14 days before arrangements are done to get them to reach Saudi Arabia. However, the immigration officials found out that there was no proper documentation done to stay in Maldives hotel,” said the officer.

16/07/21 V Narayan/Times of India

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