Chennai: Over 300 Indians have been trapped in Myanmar’s Myawaddy area after falling prey to an international racket promising jobs in Thailand. Of the 300 trapped people, 60 are from Tamil Nadu. Reports in the Times of India claimed that they have been held captive by a gang which is now forcing them to do cybercrime activities. Myawaddy area in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state bordering Thailand is not fully under the control of the Myanmarese government and certain ethnic armed groups hold sway over it.Also Read – Passenger On Myanmar Airlines Shot Mid-Air After Bullet Pierced Through Plane
How Does The Matter Come to Light?
People familiar with the matter said that the Indian nationals were duped by the international gang that offered them jobs in Thailand, but instead, were taken illegally to Myanmar. Also Read – WhatsApp Alert: Cyber Security Body Flags Multiple Security Issues | Details Here
The matter came to light after some Tamil men sent out an SOS video on Saturday, requesting the Union and Tamil Nadu governments to rescue them. Also Read – Data of Popular UK Hotel Chain That Owns 'Holiday Inn' Deleted by Vietnamese Hacker Couple 'For Fun'
Through the SOS video, the men said that they are being forced to work for more than 15 hours a day. If they refuse to listen to their employers, they are being thrashed and even given electric shock.
Indian Embassy Working For Rescue
Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Yangon has been working closely with the Government of Myanmar for their rescue. “There are other efforts for rescuing these Indian citizens through various contacts among the business community, given that the area is not fully under the control of the Myanmar government”, a source said.
“So far, the embassy has rescued more than 30 Indian citizens trapped in the Myawaddy area, and is continuing all efforts to get the others out as early as possible,” he added.
Beware of Unscrupulous Elements Offering Jobs
On July 5, the Indian mission issued an advisory cautioning against unscrupulous elements offering jobs. “The mission has observed in recent past that some lT companies engaged in digital scamming/forge crypto activities located in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar are recruiting Indian workers from different places through their recruiting agents on the pretext of potential employment opportunities in the IT sector,” it said.
After initial recruitment, the mission said Indian workers are taken to Myanmar illegally without proper documentation leading to their “entrapment”.
“In view of the above, Indian nationals are hereby requested to exercise due caution and verify the antecedents of the recruiting agents. It is advisable to have all requisite information (job description, company details, location, employment contract etc.) before accepting any employment that has been offered,” it added.