Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 13:
With the arrest of one person on Wednesday, the police have busted an overseas placement racket engaged in issuing fake visas to unemployed youths by charging huge amounts from them and then subjecting them to torture and exploitation overseas.
Sources said one Sudhanshu Sekhar Patra (34) of Singipur under Gangpur police limits of Ganjam district in Odisha was running a placement agency in the name and style of Jagannath Marine Academy for two years with its head office at Kachera Gali under Town police limits here.
Patra’s modus operandi was to collect lakhs of rupees from unsuspecting job aspirants by promising jobs for them overseas. He even used to provide training to these youths at the Yoga Mandir in Hatisala, and then send them to Raman Academy in Mumbai. After undergoing training for a month in Mumbai, these youths were sent to countries like Malaysia, Singapore and UAE (Dubai) on fake visas, said sources.
Youths sent abroad were then forced to part with their passports by the agents on their arrival overseas and were forced to work under difficult conditions. These youths were forced to take up complicated jobs to earn huge amounts to pay the agents to get back their passports.
In one of such cases, Patra had taken Rs 2.1 lakh from one Abhisek Naidu of Duttatota for an overseas job, which he failed to arrange.Naidu then lodged a written complaint with the Town police here following which the matter came to light. Another nine persons have lodged similar complaints against Patra with the Town police following this.
Patra who had closed his office at Kachera gali nine months ago, was nabbed by Naidu and others while he was spotted in Puri and handed over to the police.
According to sources, during interrogations police have found out that Shiba Prasad Patra, Somnath Sethi, Puneet Naik, Lalatendu Swain and several others who fell into his trap, are stuck up in Malaysia .