As many as 22 boys taken to France for a probable Rugby training camp go missing. The news from various sources hints at a possible International human trafficking racket with its epicentre in Punjab and Haryana. A group of 25 boys were taken from the two North Indian states and only two of them returned.
The rest of the lot could not be traced but the investigation has revealed some shocking facts. According to the sources of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the parents of the missing boys may have been paid Rs. 25-30 lakhs for taking their boys to France.
Three trafficking agents, Lalit David Dean, Sanjeev Raj and Varun Chaudhary who hail from Delhi and Faridabad were identified by the CBI based on the information given to them by the French Police. An FIR was lodged against the three accused and premises along with the documents and laptops are being searched.
Further investigations reveal that the 25 boys were shown as students of two schools in Kapurthala, Punjab and were taken to Europe on February 1, 2016. Although both the schools denied that those kids were part of their institution.
Throwing light into the matter, A CBI spokesperson said, ‘French visas for the kids were obtained on the basis of an alleged invitation received from the ‘French Federation’ in Paris. All of them visited Paris … Thereafter the agents got their return tickets cancelled. But before this two boys sensed something wrong and managed to return.’
As per the verdict of one of the parents, he wanted to send his kid to his relatives in the USA, but couldn’t do owing to various problems. Valid documents could not be produced. Then, he came in contact with one of the agents who promised to send his child to the USA but left him in Paris.
The investigators are yet to discover whether the other boys have actually reached their actual destination or not. ‘We don’t know yet whether other boys finally reached their promised destination,’ said one of the investigators.