A travel agent has allegedly fled after duping about 500 youths of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh of various amounts ranging from Rs 21,000 to Rs 50,000. He allegedly promised them a job with a good pay in Kuwait. Many of the victims have filed a complaint with the Hoshiarpur SSP, who has ordered an inquiry.At a press conference, these youths alleged that they were in touch with the agent for about six months and he had promised them a job in Kuwait. They alleged their passports were still with the agent.Victims Narinder Kumar of Chintpurni, Malkiyat Kumar and Vinay Kumar of Hoshiarpur, Amandeep of Mukerian, Sukhdev Kumar, Surinder Kumar, Ranjit Singh and Harvinder Singh of Mahilpur said in December last year, they came across a pamphlet which promised a simple way of going to Kuwait for jobs with good salaries.When they reached the given address near the government college in Hoshiarpur, the people present in the office told them that they needed to go for a medical examination, for which they were made to pay Rs 5,000 each. Those found fit in the medical examination were made to pay Rs 10,000 each for contract charges.Then they were sent to Delhi, where a man took Rs 15,000 each from them for final medical examination before issuing visa and signing a contract. After that, some of them were made to pay Rs 20,000 each and they were given copies of “visa and contracts”.They were told that their flight would be confirmed after some days but they were left in the lurch. When they reached the travel agent’s office on April 30, it was locked and when they peeped through the window, they saw that the room was empty. The landlord of the building told them that the agent had vacated the place.The SSP, Kuldeep Singh Chahal has assured them of prompt action and has forwarded the complaint for an inquiry. Some other victims were also present at the press conference.
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