Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, the Commissionerate Police Monday evening busted a human trafficking racket and arrested six people, including two locals, from a guest house near Kolathia Chowk under Khandgiri Police station limits here.
While the arrests were made on Monday evening, the matter came to the fore Tuesday when the commissioner of police (CP) YV Khurania revealed the matter to the media here. He said, based on a complaint lodged by one Prana Nath Sahoo, a police team raided Kalyani guest house and arrested the six culprits – four from Maharashtra and two from Khurda district in the state.
Police also seized 75 passports, visiting cards of various tour and travel agencies, 200 application forms submitted by different job-seekers, their PAN cards, voter IDs and Aadhaar cards. It has been learnt that most of the job aspirants hailed from the Jagatsighpur and Kendrapara districts of the state.
On reaching the spot, police found the accused taking interviews of the aspiring candidates. Around 300 people, including women, were present at the guest house to appear for interviews for jobs in Kuwait.
The four accused from Maharashtra were identified as Asgar Ali Sayeed, Sajid Ali Maniyaar and Seikh Gaya Nizammuddin Gayuddin – all from Thane district, and Mustak Muhammad Shaikh from Ratnagiri district. Their local agents were identified as Pramod Kumar Moharan of Mardabadi village under Bolagarh police station limits and Chittaranjan Moharana of Aleidiha village under the Banapur police station limits of Khurda district.
During interrogation, the told the police that they own a company called Sky Tours and Travels in Mumbai and that Chittaranjan and Pramod were their agents, who were responsible for arranging the candidates as well as the place for interviews. The two local accused identified themselves as proprietors of two fake firms – Om Shri Travels and Manpower Consultancy.
On the other hand, the four accused from Maharashtra produced fake documents claiming that they were issued by the Government of India’s Immigration Department. They also claimed that they represented a Kuwaiti oil company.