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CBI Cracks Down on Traffickers Sending Indians to Russia-Ukraine Conflict

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In the midst of multiple Indians losing their lives while fighting for Russia in the conflict with Ukraine, the CBI disrupted networks that brought young people to the battle area with the promise of well-paying jobs on Thursday.

Following the filing of a complaint against visa advisory organizations and representatives, searches were carried out at around ten sites across seven cities: Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Ambala, Chandigarh, Madurai, and Chennai.

The agents and visa firms were accused of hiring and sending youths to the Russia-Ukraine war zone in the guise of lucrative jobs, CBI officials said. Around 35 instances of victims being sent abroad have been established.

So far, officials said, over Rs 50 lakh, documents and electronic records like laptops, mobiles and desktops were seized while some suspects have been detained for questioning.

The 24×7 RAS Overseas Foundation in Delhi and its director Suyash Mukut, OSD Bros Travels & Visa Services Pvt Ltd in Mumbai and its director Rakesh Pandey, Adventure Visa Services Pvt Ltd in Chandigarh and its director Manjeet Singh, and Baba Vlogs Overseas Recruitment Solutions Pvt Ltd in Dubai and its director Faisal Abdul Mutalib Khan are the targets of the case, which was filed on Wednesday.

The CBI claims that the alleged traffickers were part of an organized network that recruited Indians for well-paying professions in Russia by using social media sites like Youtube, local contacts, and agents.

“The trafficked Indian nationals were trained in combat roles and deployed at front bases in the Russia-Ukraine war zone against their wishes, thus putting their lives in grave danger. It has been ascertained that some of the victims also got grievously injured in the war zone,” a CBI statement said.

An appeal is made to the general public not to fall prey to such false promises of jobs by the dubious recruitment agencies and agents, it added.

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