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22 boys taken to France go missing, CBI busts trafficking racket

The Central Bureau of Investigation has busted a major international human trafficking racket. At least 25 boys from Punjab and Haryana were taken to Paris under the pretext of a Rugby training camp and deserted there. The CBI discovered the racket following the detention of a teenager. It was found that the boys in the age group of 13 and 18 were taken to Paris and deserted there. Only 2 out of the 25 boys have come back to India while the rest are yet to be traced.

The French police informed the CBI about the detention of the teenager and also shared details of his questioning. Based on the information three agents, Lalit Devan Dean, Sanjeev Raj and Varun Choudhary based in Delhi and Faridabad have been identified. CBI sources say that based on the information they conducted raids at the premises of the suspects. We have found incriminating material and relevant documents, the source also added.

Currently, the accused are being questioned and their laptops being analyzed. The probe found that 25 boys were shown as students of two schools in Kapurthala, Punjab and taken to Punjab on February 1, 2016. The French visas for the children were obtained based on the invitation from the French Federation in Paris. All of them visited Paris, but the agents got the return tickets canceled, the probe also found. However, two boys sensed that there was something wrong in advance and managed to return. When the CBI questioned the school authorities, the agency was told that the students did not study there.

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