4 Gurugram firms booked for cheating job aspirants, promising work abroad
Concerned over the malpractices by some unregistered agents, the ministry of external affairs had directed Gurugram police to take “stringent and punitive” action against them.gurgaon Updated: Aug 01, 2018 13:44 IST
The city police have registered FIRs against four overseas recruitment companies on the directions of the ministry of external affairs (MEA). The firms were allegedly involved in duping people on the pretext of providing them jobs in foreign countries and work visa.
Concerned over the malpractices by some unregistered agents, the ministry of external affairs had directed Gurugram police to take “stringent and punitive” action against them.
Four separate FIRs were registered at different police stations of Gurugram late Monday evening.
Sumit Kuhar, deputy commissioner of police (crime) said, “Ministry of external affairs had written to us to take stringent action against four placement agencies which were accused of duping people on the pretext of providing job in foreign countries. The ministry had sent us the details of the victims. We took up investigation and registered cases against the persons who were running the firms. We have collected enough evidences against them.”
In the first case, a private company registered with the ministry, which was operating from an office on Golf Course Road, cheated several people, police said. The case was registered at Sushant Lok under section 406 (fraud), 420 (cheating) of IPC and section 10, 24 of Emigration Act.
Canada work visa
In another case, a Gurugram-based consultancy allegedly cheated people after promising to send them to Canada on work visa. According to the complaint filed with the external affairs ministry in February 2017, the company allegedly collected around Rs 75 lakh from 12 Kerala residents after assuring them that they would be provided with work visa for Canada. The company sent them to Bangkok and left them there. “It tantamounts to human trafficking,” said MA Vinod, a lawyer at Kerala High Court, who had filed a complaint on behalf of the victims.
In its probe, the ministry found that the company was not registered with it and was not authorised to carry out overseas recruitment business. “Such unrecognised agencies not only misguide the intending emigrants about the job but also charge hefty amounts from them and sometimes send them abroad on ‘Tourist Visa’ for employment which tantamount to trafficking,” the ministry said in its letter to the Gurugram police.
It added that such companies not only cheat people but also malign the image of the country.
Sony Paly, one of the complainants, said she had come into contact with the company after browsing online advertisements for job opportunities in Canada. “They promised to provide work visa which is required for employment in a foreign country,” she said. Paly said they realised they had been cheated when the company dumped them in Bangkok. They had been told that they would get a connecting flight to Canada from Bangkok.
A case has been registered at Sushant Lok police station.
Another agency has been accused of sending people abroad for work illegally. The company was allegedly involved in illegal overseas recruitment and the agency had trafficked young nurses to Brunei in October 2016. It was found that their visa and employment contract were fake. The ministry had directed the police to file an FIR against the agency.
The four Indian nurses were identified as Jainy John, Jyoti Mathew, Anumol Varghese and Jilda. Of these three were employed with Park Hospital in Gurugram while Mathew was employed with Asian Hospital in Faridabad before they were sent to Brunei.
According to police, these girls were persuaded that the government of Brunei are looking for nurses and asked to apply online. A fake website was set up for this purpose. They were sent a fake letter in the name of health ministry of Brunei, telling them that they have been selected.
The nurses paid Rs 2.5 lakh each to the agency as processing fee, visa feet, and cost of ticket. Later, they left their job and travelled to Kerela to take a flight to Malaysia and from there to Brunei. But they were dumped at Brunei airport. “An Indian doctor recognised them and the scam was exposed,” the police said, adding that the girls were taken to the Indian embassy.
Later, it was found that 14 another nurses are also in touch with the placement agency. All of them, however, were alerted.
It was found that agency was registered with the ministry but was not authorised to conduct overseas recruitment. On the recommendation of the ministry, a case was registered against the company under section 406 (fraud), 420 (cheating) of IPC and section 10, 24 of Emigration Act at Sadar police station.
An agency was accused of sending an Indian worker for work at a construction site in Sri Lanka and not compensating his family after the death.
The wife of the victim said she spoke to her husband on August 13. The next day she was told that he has died. She alleged that she was not allowed to see the body of her husband and the company promised to pay the compensation but never contacted her after the incident. “They took my signature at the time of post-mortem, promising compensation but refused to pay after cremation,” she alleged. She said she did not know whether her husband died in an accident or was killed.
Taking cognizance of the complaints,the ministry of external affairs found that the company has not requisite approval and registration to send people overseas for employment. On the direction of ministry, a case was registered against the firm at Palam Vihar police station.
First Published: Aug 01, 2018 13:44 IST