Employment agent dupes seven people of Rs 12 lakh

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Mangalore, Jan 29 (UNI) Seven people from the coastal Dakshina Kannada district have been duped of about Rs 12 lakh by an agent under the pretext of getting them well paid jobs in Kuwait.

The case came to light when such a fraud attempt was thwarted by the timely intervention of a city-based social worker in Kuwait P B Pinto, who helped six of them reach home safely after rescuing them from legal wrangles in the West Asian country.

According to Mr Pinto, all the seven job aspirants have paid the agent about Rs 1.65 lakh each for arranging a visit visa with assurance to get well paid jobs in Kuwait. But to their horror when they landed there, neither any job was waiting for them nor proper lodging.

All the seven - Peter Alwin Fernandes, Pradeep Alake, Sandeep Ganiga, Urban D'Souza, Pascal Roque D'Souza, Ashok Gopu Poojary and Valerian Rodrigues - were to stay in a small room without any documents at Abuhalifa. However, with help from the Indian embassy in Kuwait, they were released and deported to India without being penalised by the court there, he said.

He said four of them had again gone to Kuwait, trusting the agent's words. However, none of them was provided a job, food or lodging. His timely intervention enabled three of them reach home, he added.


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