Three Mumbai residents being ‘captive’ in Myanmar: Police
Last Update: September 24, 2022, 23:23 IST
Mumbai Police has received information about at least three city residents who were allegedly being held captive in Myanmar after they were lured into offers of IT jobs in Thailand, an official said on Saturday. . While one of them managed to get in touch with his friend here, who approached the police, the crime branch registered an FIR against unidentified persons, a senior official said.
He said the victims were promised jobs in the IT sector in Thailand by an agent. After landing in Thailand, he was taken to neighboring Myanmar, where he is kept against his will, according to a complaint lodged by his friend. The complaint states that they are being forced to commit acts which involve cyber crimes.
According to the complainant, more than 70 persons from Mumbai region are reportedly stranded in Myanmar, but the police so far have information about only these three persons who have been allegedly held captive, the police officer said. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) advised Indian nationals to verify the credentials of foreign employers and the antecedents of recruiting agents in the wake of several Indians being deported to Myanmar. It said in an advisory, “… IT-skilled youth in Thailand are being duped in the name of lucrative data entry jobs through social media advertisements as well as agents based in Dubai and India.”
It said victims are reportedly transported illegally across the border, mostly into Myanmar, and taken captive to work in harsh conditions. The Indian Embassy in Myanmar recently rescued over 30 Indians out of 60 stranded in the Myawadi area of that country.
The Mywadi region in Kayin State, southeastern Myanmar, bordering Thailand, is not entirely under the Myanmar government’s control as some ethnic armed groups dominate it.
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