The Indian government says thirteen Indians who were stolen to Myanmar by unscrupulous travel agents have arrived in Tamil Nadu after being rescued from the Myawaddy area in Southeast Myanmar’s Kayin state bordering Thailand.
We have been actively pursuing the case of Indians trapped in fake job rackets in Myanmar. Another 13 citizens from India have now been rescued and have reached Tamil Nadu today. Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted on Wednesday that approximately 32 Indians had already been rescued due to the efforts of @IndiainMyanmar & @IndiainThailand.
It is important to note that the Myawaddy area is not entirely under the control of the Myanmarese government and certain ethnic armed groups have influence over it.
As a result, some more Indian citizens have been rescued from their fake employers and are currently in the custody of Myanmar authorities for illegal entry into the country,” Bagchi said, adding that legal procedures have been initiated to arrange for their repatriation as soon as possible.
The details of agents alleged to be involved in this job racket have been shared with appropriate authorities in various states in India for proper action to be taken,” Bagchi said.
There have also been reports of similar job rackets in Laos and Cambodia. As a result, our embassies in Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Bangkok have been assisting in the repatriation of people from these countries.
The Indian mission warned on July 5 regarding unscrupulous elements offering employment opportunities.
In the meantime, Gingee KS Masthan of the Non-Resident Tamils’ Welfare body received the 13 Indians who arrived in Chennai on Wednesday. Having been taken illegally into Myanmar, he said they had been “brought back by Chief Minister M K Stalin”. Approximately 50 Tamils remain in Myanmar. They are also being brought back, he said.
Residents of Coimbatore were among the 13 people who applied for jobs in Dubai but were transferred to Thailand. Upon reaching Thailand, we discovered that there was no employment available. After spending many hours in a car, we finally discovered we were in Myanmar at the end of the journey. The workers were required to work up to 16 hours per day,” he said on condition of anonymity.