CBI busts gang trying to traffic 11 Punjabi teens to the US

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The travel documents presented at the time of the interview mentioned the teenaged boys as students of a Pathankot-based school and David the school principal.

The Hush Post: The CBI has busted a human trafficking gang which was trying to traffic 11 Punjabi teens to the US under the garb of an educational trip. The investigating agency has booked five persons- four from Delhi and one from Punjab in connection with the case. Two of the five accused are women.

CBI has booked Rachna David of Jalandhar as well as her Delhi-based associates Sandeep Singh Luthra, Amit Jyot Singh, Rohit Gauba and Anshika Matharu, reported The Times of India.

Following the registration of the case, the CBI also conducted raids at six locations in Delhi and Punjab, including official and residential premises of the accused, and seized incriminating evidence against them. The accused are being questioned.

According to the CBI, the teenaged boys were to be sent to the US on a non-immigrant visa. The matter came into light after one of the gang members submitted false and fabricated documents to the US Embassy to obtain non-immigrant visa for the teenagers and one of the associates.  The CBI was tipped-off subsequently.

The travel documents presented at the time of the interview mentioned the teenaged boys as students of a Pathankot-based school and David the school principal. However, investigations revealed that none of the teenagers were associated with that school. The boys have been handed over to their parents.

The gang members also have been accused of taking lakhs of rupees from the families of the teenagers for sending them to the US.

The CBI is also working to determine whether the racket is linked to another which it busted in December, when three people were booked on similar charges. 25 teenage students, aged between 13-18 years were sent to France in 2016 for “a rugby training camp.”

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