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Punjab youth trying to reach Greece illegally ‘drowns’ in river

Manjinder’s family came to know about his death on Monday after a youth, who was accompanying him and witnessed the incident, told them about the incident.

punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2018 10:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Balachaur
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Aspiring to live a better life abroad, Manjinder Kumar (26) of Majhot village in Balachaur subdivision of SBS Nagar district is believed to have drowned in a river around 12 days ago while trying to enter Greece illegally.

Police on Tuesday booked three persons, including a travel agent, here.

Manjinder’s family came to know about his death on Monday after a youth, who was accompanying him and witnessed the incident, told them about the incident.

The 26-year-old had boarded a flight on June 19 from Delhi after his travel agent Rakesh Kumar assured the family to send him to Greece for ₹5.50 lakh, said the victim’s father Tarsem Lal.

He said ₹1.50 lakh were given in advance along with passport to the agent initially.

Lal said agent Rakesh called Manjinder to Delhi to collect his passport with a Greece visa. The agent told him that his flight is on June 19 and asked to give ₹2.50 lakh to his aide at the airport, he added.

“Manjinder and my other elder son Bhupinder Pal reached Delhi and handed over ₹2.5 lakh to the agent’s aide. After checking the passport my son found that the visa and ticket were of Turkey and not of Greece. Later, the agent assured us that he will take Manjinder to Greece from Turkey on another flight and asked us to give the remaining amount of ₹1.5 lakh to his wife, which we did the next day,” he claimed.

“My son reached Turkey on July 21. Later, he called and told us that the agent was keeping him in Turkey and putting pressure on him to cross the border illegally instead of taking him to Greece by a direct flight which he had promised earlier. On July 19, Rakesh called me and told me that my son has gone missing while crossing the border. I contacted the agent again but he did not give any clear answer. Later, on July 27, I received a call from another youth who was with my son while crossing the border. He told me that Manjinder was died while crossing a river,” said Tarsem.

A case was registered against Rakesh Kumar, his wife Bholli and an unidentified person under the Punjab Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, 2012, Section 24 of the Immigration Act, 1983, and Sections of 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Balachaur police station.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 23:24 IST