A senior officer of the Rajya Sabha became the latest victim of a fake placement agency, as the domestic help he had employed ran away within 24 hours.
Placement agencies in the Capital have been cheating customers by providing them with domestic help for Rs. 15,000 -Rs. 20,000 and later asking them to run away.
VK Agnihotri, secretary general, Rajya Sabha has filed a complaint with the Tilak Marg police station. In his complaint, Agnihotri told the police that he had contacted a placement agency in Rohini a month ago and paid them Rs. 16,000 for providing a domestic help.
The agency, claimed to be owned by Ranjit Mandal and Shankar Mandal, provided the top official with a domestic help at his Shahjahan Road residence. "The domestic help reached my residence on the morning of June 27 and was with the family throughout the day till they went to sleep. On the morning of June 28, when we woke up at around 6:30 am, we found that she had left the house without our knowledge," he said in the complaint.
Following investigations, police registered a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against the Mandals.
"Since she did not take any item from the house, it is not a case of theft. We have booked them for cheating and various teams have been sent to nab them," a senior police officer said.
Agnihotri has submitted the relevant documents related to her employment. The growing need of domestic helps in Delhi and NCR area has resulted in the mushrooming of placement agencies that earn Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000 per minor. These agencies usually sell minors on a contract basis.