22 YOUTH FROM PUNJAB, HARYANA, DELHI MISSING SINCE LAST YEAR, CBI REGISTERS CASE ON TRAVEL AGENTS

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The Hush Post: Twenty-two boys, who had supposedly gone for rugby training to France are missing since last year. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now registered an FIR against three travel agents for illegally taking these 22 teenagers from the region to Paris last year on the pretext of giving them rugby coaching. The youth since are missing, agency officials said here.

The CBI today carried out search on the premises of the agents — in Faridabad Lalit David Dean and Delhi-based Sanjeev Roy and Varun Choudhary. They also seized their documents. The agents had charged Rs a whopping about 30 lakh from the parents of the teenagers. In their visa application, the agents had shown that the 25 youngsters in the age group of 13-18 years were going to attend a rugby training camp in Paris.

“Led by private persons (travel agents), a group of 25 students, shown as students of two Kapurthala-based schools, embarked from the Delhi airport for Paris to participate in a rugby training camp on the basis of an alleged invitation received from the French Federation, Paris. All of them visited Paris and, thereafter, the students also attended a rugby training camp there for about a week. In the meantime, their return tickets were got cancelled, but before that two children, smelling trouble, returned home.

The minors left behind were allegedly abandoned at a gurdwara and then went missing, CBI officials said. One of them was arrested by the French police, who referred the matter to Interpol and subsequent investigation started as the matter was referred to CBI. Hundreds of such cases are reported particularly from Punjab and Haryana of young men being duped by travel agents in search of greener pastures abroad.

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