Nepal Police on Saturday rescued three Indian nationals who were held captive in the Himalayan nation after being duped with promises of job in Australia.
Police in Birtamod in Jhapa district of far-eastern Nepal also arrested five persons, two Indians and three Nepalis, who were seeking money from the relatives of the hostages in India.
The Indians, one from Rajasthan and two from Gujarat, were being held captive in a rented house for the past 10 days.
“The accused had lured the hostages with online advertisements of lucrative jobs in a fake Australian mining company. But instead of taking them there they were brought to Nepal,” said senior police officer Bhim Dahal.
The accused had told the hostages they would need to pay Rs 9-10 lakhs as processing fees for their jobs and two years visa as skilled workers after landing in Australia.
The accused used computer software that made it appear as if the calls were being made from Australian numbers. But the relatives of the hostages got suspicious and informed police.
Nepal police is coordinating with Indian counterparts to conduct further investigation. The hostages have been sent back to India.