Hyderabad: A carpenter teamed up with a sub-agent in Hyderabad and cheated several unemployed youths hailing from the rural areas and sent them to Gulf countries, promising jobs and charged around Rs 1 lakh from each. The agents of the Commissioner's Task Force, Central Zone Team, conducted a raid at Lakdikapul and apprehended the duo and seized five Indian passports, three cellphones and cash Rs 3,800 from their possession. The accused were identified as Galmuri Amanullah, 27, a resident of Lakdikapul and a native of Errapally, and Mohaboob Khan, 50, resident of Fatehdarwaza, said police, adding that, Gundala Mohammed Ghouse, 29 years old, a passport and visa agent from Cuddapah and Mohaboob Shareef, 40 years old, from Produtoor in Cuddapah, were still at large.
“Amanullah was earning a livelihood as a carpenter, but as his earnings were not sufficient to meet his family's expenses, he used his previous experience from having visited Arab countries, to hatch a plan with Mohammed Ghouse to send illegal manpower to the Gulf countries with the help of sub-agents in Hyderabad and other places of Telangana and A.P states by paying them a commission. They trap innocent and illiterate victims through agents and give false promises of providing labour jobs at Saudi Arabia and Dubai for which they demand Rs 85,000 to Rs 1 lakh from each applicant," said the DCP, Commissioner's Task Force, P. Radha Kishan Rao.
Explaining their modus operandi, the official said that after attracting unemployed candidates from rural areas who intent to work in Gulf countries through agents, they will assure them of employment with handsome salaries. “They reside in Hotel Vishnu at Lakdikapool and call the candidates to collect money along with the original Indian passports. They then provide tourist visas and air tickets with the help of Mahboob Shareef and sends them off to Gulf countries,” he said. Based on a tip-off, the Task Force team raided Hotel Vishnu and apprehended the duo, who were later handed over to Saifabad police for further necessary action.