Awaiting visa for 2 yrs, man ends life outside immigration firm’s office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2015 15:23 IST
File photo of Sukhwant Singh who committed suicide due to the alleged harassment by an immigration company in Mohali on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Having faced harassment at hands of an immigration company for the last two years, a 28-year-old Sangrur resident committed suicide outside the firm’s Phase 1 office here on Wednesday night by consuming poison. The deceased has been identified as Sukhwant Singh.

Sukhwant had come to SAS Nagar on Wednesday to take Rs 2.5 lakh paid by him to the immigration firm — Rudraksh Group Overseas Solutions — as the company failed to send him abroad.

Sukhwant visited the immigration firm’s office on Wednesday and when he couldn’t get back the money, he came out and took the extreme step. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he was declared dead.

“Based on the complaint of the victim’s family, we have registered a case against Rudraksh Group Overseas Solutions. The family alleged they had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to the company for sending Sukhwant abroad. We are trying to establish the allegations of the family,” said Phase-1 SHO Sukhwinder Singh.

The body was handed over to the family after the postmortem on Thursday.

‘Mera permanent visa lag gaya hai’

Aspiring to go to Canada, Sukhwant reportedly had taken Rs 2.5 lakh as loan from a money lender to pay to the immigration company for the visa.

Minutes before dying, Sukhwant had called up one of his friends, saying, “Mera permanent visa lag gaya hai and mein hamesha ke liye ja raha hoon.” The phone got disconnected after that.

“His voice was choking and he was crying when he called up his friend. He dreamt of going to Canada and his dream took his life,” said Baljeet Singh, Sukhwant’s brother, who had come to receive the body after the postmortem.

“My brother had borrowed money from a money lender on interest. For the last two years, he had been making rounds of the immigration firm either to provide him visa or return the money. On Wednesday, he again visited the immigration company and when he didn’t get the money, Sukhwant took the extreme step,” said Baljeet.

Victim’s father is suffering from cancer and the growing interest on the borrowed money had forced Sukhwant to take the drastic step.

Admn wakes up from slumber

The SAS Nagar administration woke up from slumber as within hours after the suicide it re-issued orders making registration of the immigration consultants mandatory under the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act 2012.

Despite the Act being in force since January 2013, only about 20 of nearly 1,000 immigration companies operating from the district are registered.

Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act 2012 came into force on January 4, 2013, and it was aimed to check and curb immigration firms’ illegal and fraudulent activities.

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