Ludhiana: A travel agent took Rs 17 lakh from a youth on the promise that he would get him entry into the United States but abandoned him in the forests of Costa Rica. The victim, Nanak, a resident of New Shakti Nagar at Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana, spent 10 days in the forest. He slept on trees in the night and survived by eating leaves. Nanak was in a serious condition when rescued.
A white man found him in an unconscious state. He informed Nanak’s family in India and also got him hospitalised.
The family members complained to the Human Trafficking Unit of the state police. Nanak returned home after 103 days. The ordeal he underwent has affected Nanak mentally. Police have booked Nanak’s neighbour Sumit Chopra, travel agent Sat Pal, Ashish Pal and Dharmesh Mehta, resident of Harnam Nagar, for conspiracy and fraud.
Insect bit me in the forest and I was left behind…
Demanded Rs 25 lakh, took 15 lakh in advance
Inspector Surender Kumar said Nanak’s neighbour Sumit told Nanak’s father that his younger brother lives in America and he would get Nanak settled there. Sumit introduced Nanak to a Chandigarh agent Sat Pal. He said Nanak would be sent to America on work permit and demanded Rs 25 lakh for the same.
The agent agreed to take Rs 15 lakh in advance and Rs 10 lakh after Nanak reaches USA. The agent said Nanak would first be sent to Ecuador and from there to America.