Four bogus travel agents, including a woman, are under arrest on a charge of trafficking girls to Malaysia and Singapore.
The network active in New Delhi, Mansa, Bathinda, Jagraon (Ludhiana) and Baghapurana (Moga) for the past 10 years was busted in police raids on Sunday. The suspected kingpin, Gurpreet Singh of Talwandi-Naun-Bahar of Moga district, is on the run.
Former army subedar Charan Singh of Baghapurana had reported to the senior superintendent of police that travel agents Gurpreet Singh; Monika and her husband, Jaspal Singh Boby of Baghapurana; Buta Singh of Ghuda village in Bathinda district; and Jasvir Chand of Alamwala village (Moga) had duped him of Rs 4.50 lakh on the pretext of sending his daughters, Jagroop Kaur and Bharpoor Kaur, to Malaysia on work permit. The agent had their passports and other necessary documents.
The SSP has moved the case to the special investigating cell (SIC), which is also looking into the Moga passport scandal of 2008. Ex-serviceman Charan Singh said the travel agents had brought his daughters to New Delhi for flight to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and abandoned them at Sachi guesthouse in Paharganj (Delhi).
"I received my daughters' information after a month," said Charan Singh. "I went to the Delhi and paid the guesthouse rent to be able to take my daughters home."
SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said preliminary inquiry had proved the allegation to be true, and so the police had registered a case. A special police team led by Tejinder Singh, in charge of the SIC, arrested four travel agents. Suspects Monika and her husband, Jaspal Singh Boby, were wanted many cases of fraud. They have a case going against them at Kot Bhai (Muktsar) for duping Makhan Singh of Butter Sarihan village of Rs 6.50 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.