Indian job-seekers missing in Canada after registering with West Bengal agency

Published: July 12, 2013

Sri Lankan police officials in Colombo on July 10, 2013, to protest the bomb attack in the Indian city of Bodh Gaya on July 7. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

A Punjabi man has filed a police report alleging a West-Bengal-based placement agency’s involvement after his nephews went missing in Canada, according to Indian news agency, TNN.

Punjab resident, Gagan Malik, claimed he paid nearly $9,000 to a  job agency located in Kolkata, India promising his two nephews employment in Canada, but the men have been missing since their arrival in North America on July 8, the news agency is reporting.

According to TNN, Malik said the agency asked for about $7,000 for each man’s placement, so Malik paid the $9,000 up front and planned to pay the rest after they got their jobs.

Malik contacted the agency after his nephews went missing July 8, but the agency officials threatened him with “dire consequences” unless he paid more money, TNN reported.

On Thursday, Malik left Punjab and travelled to Kolkata to file the complaint with their city police.

Kolkata authorities then arranged a meeting with the agency officials on Thursday night, where they arrested three people: Debasish Das, 35, Samir Mondal, 43 and Ajay Kumar, whose age was not listed.

After police interrogated these men, they were able to arrest two more people named Sandip Dutta and Rahul Mehra, as well as recover more than $5,000.

According to TNN, police could not say if their fake job-agency was gang-related.

There was no word on the whereabouts or well-being of Malik’s nephews.

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