Thane police have launched a man hunt for an overseas employment agent who allegedly duped several young aspirants here under the pretext of providing them with jobs in Singapore.
According to PI Crime M F More of Wagle Estate police station,the agent who runs his office in posh Teen Hath naka here,carried out the operations in the name of Simran International and used to give frequent advertisements in newspapers to lure job seekers.
Trapped,youths in their 20s from several states including Bihar and UP used to approach agent Sunil Raj following which they were asked to make a payment of Rs 50,000 for the purpose. They were also required to pay an additional Rs 27,000 for visa etc.
The youths who did not realise that the agent was a fraud deposited the sum of Rs 25,000 each with the specified Punjab National Bank and also handed over their passports to Raj,who called them on July 27 to Mumbai to collect their visas and board their flights a day later.
Police said that this lot contained around 50 youths and they had been cheated to the tune of around Rs 25 lakhs by the agent,who is absconding.
The youths were also told to make a refundable deposit of Rs 1 lakh and some of them even made it in order to get quick employment,according to a complaint.
The victims,who turned up at the airport got a rude shock when they came to know that their visas for Singapore were fake.
The youths who then reached the agent’s office here found it locked following which they lodged a complaint with the Wagle Estate police.
They have registered an offence under sections 420 RW 34 against the agent and his associates in the company.
The police are now trying to find out if there are any more victims of the agent and what is the amount involved in the entire episode.