//Indian visa agent locked up by victims

Indian visa agent locked up by victims

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Dubai – An Indian visa agent in the United Arab Emirates was locked up by his clients demanding repayment of the money they had paid for securing employment visas.

Rajan, the agent, has been accused of taking 10,000 Dirham (Dh) to 12,000 Dirham each from prospective Indian visa seekers with the promise of jobs in the UAE, reports the Khaleej Times.

Rajan was locked up in his flat in Deira, after 20 victims traced him and asked him about the promised jobs, to which he had no proper explanation.

‘We found yesterday the apartment of Rajan. When we asked about the job, he was not giving proper answer. So we locked him up in his room,’ said Rajendhran, one of the victims.

‘Rajan promised good jobs for us in the UAE and charged huge amounts. But he brought us here on visit visas and we did not get any jobs,’ he added.

‘I paid Dh 12,000 for the visa by selling my house and borrowing from local money lenders. Now I can’t return home as I cannot pay back the money,’ said Salem, another of Rajan’s victims.

The Indian mission has intervened in the matter. The labour consul in the Indian Consulate in Dubai, K. Asokan, visited the spot.

The passport of Rajan has been confiscated and handed over to the police.

Asokan said that the Indian government would be informed about the incident.