A 24-year-old youth of Kulehri village, who was allegedly duped by a travel agent, committed suicide in Mansa on Sunday morning.
According to the police, Kuldeep Singh, the victim, had gone to Malaysia on false promises made by his relative cum travel agent Virender Singh alias Kalu. As per the information, Virender had lied to Kuldeep that a work visa, job and living accommodation had been arranged for him.
“When Kuldeep reached there, he realised that he has been sent on a tourist visa and his stay cannot be extended. He came back after a month in February this year, after one of his relatives managed his return ticket,” said SHO Gurmeet Singh.
His family alleges that Virender Singh and his gang which includes some people from Tarn Taran district had threatened Kuldeep Singh for not approaching the cops.
“When he had reached Malaysia in January, he was in trouble from day 1. He had given around `2.5 lakh to Virender to arrange his job and stay in Malaysia. When he confronted Virender’s men in Malaysia, they asked him to dupe more people in the trade in order to ensure his own escape,” said one of the relatives of Kuldeep. The victim allegedly stayed there in hiding for more than 20 days.
Kuldeep, who was a driver by profession, committed suicide after consuming poisonous substance. A suicide note was also recovered which claimed that Virender and his accomplices have compelled Kuldeep to take the extreme step. The suicide note also alleges that cops pressurised him to strike a compromise with the accused.
The cops have booked Virender, Raj Singh, Sarbjeet Kaur and three unidentified people under sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 149 (guilty of offence commit¬ted in prosecution of common object) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
While denying any sort of laxity, station house officer Gurmeet Singh said that four of the six accused have been arrested and very soon the rest of the accused would be behind the bars.