Lure of overseas job leave duo stranded, stripped in Nepal
A 32-year-old man and his friend, who were promised a menial job overseas by a travel agent, were lured all the way to Darjeeling, driven across the Indo-Nepal border, assaulted, drugged and later confined to a room before being shunted into the wilderness sans all his cash and valuables, the police said. Jatin Anand reports.delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2012 00:56 IST
A 32-year-old man and his friend, who were promised a menial job overseas by a travel agent, were lured all the way to Darjeeling, driven across the Indo-Nepal border, assaulted, drugged and later confined to a room before being shunted into the wilderness sans all his cash and valuables, the police said.
Vinod Kumar, a resident of Haryana's Kurukshetra, approached the Delhi Police Crime Branch after he realised that one of his friends was just a few phone calls away from a similar fate.
"He came in contact with the accused Kolkata-based travel agent, Sanjeev Mehra, through a relative in late May last year. The deal was struck in Delhi," said a senior police officer investigating the case.
Mehra, according to Kumar, had met him and one of his friends, Sultan, at a small hotel in Yusuf Sarai and offered a package deal: A monthly salary of $2,500 at a firm in Toronto, with air tickets, visas and other arrangements at a seemingly 'low rate' of R12 lakh per head. While they were required to pay Rs 1.75 lakh upfront, the rest of the Rs 10.15 lakh, they were told, could be paid after they had settled in the new jobs, the police said.
"On June 1 last year, Mehra met them at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and flew them to the Bagdogra Airport, ostensibly to pick-up some of his other clients, who would also be Vinod and Sultan's co-passengers on the flight to Canada," the officer said.
Two vehicles, filled with Mehra's 'friends', received the trio at the airport to transport them to an adjacent hotel for some rest before their big journey. It was during the suspiciously long road trip that Vinod spotted a road sign welcoming them to Nepal.
"Mehra and his associates then threw Vinod and Sultan into a room where they were assaulted with sticks, stripped - both of their money and their clothes before being sedated. After two days of similar torture, Vinod and Sultan were made to call their families to ask for the rest of the money for the package deal," the officer said.
Seven days later, Vinod and Sultan were dropped somewhere along the same border with Rs 3,000 for 'travelling expenses'.