CBI registers case; 22 minors missing after taken to France; heres more

officials alleged that the agents had charged Rs 25-30 lakh from the parents

CBI registers case; 22 minors missing after taken to France; heres more

In a shocking case, it has emerged that at least 22 minors were ‘trafficked’ from states including Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to France on the pretext of providing them with rugby coaching but they went missing.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR in the case and three travel agents may have been played role in the trafficking.

The agency today carried out searches at the premises of the travel agents — Faridabad-based Lalit David Dean and Delhi-based Sanjeev Roy and Varun Choudhary — from where documents were seized.

The officials alleged that the agents had charged Rs 25-30 lakh from the parents of each of the minors for sending them abroad.

In their visa application, the agents had shown that the 25 children in the age group of 13-18 years were going to attend a rugby training camp in Paris, they said.

He said all of them visited Paris and 25 students also thereafter attended a rugby training camp there for about a week.

Dayal said in between, the travel agents cancelled their return tickets but before that two children, anticipating something wrong, returned to India.

The minors, who were left behind, were allegedly dumped in a local gurudwara and went missing, CBI officials said.

One of them was arrested by the French police which referred the matter to the Interpol, they said, adding the Interpol intimated the CBI.

After getting the information, the agency conducted a preliminary enquiry and registered an FIR, they said.

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