8 Mar 2024

CBI Unravels Human Trafficking Ring Sending Indians to Russia, Conducts Operations Across 7 Cities

New Delhi: Following the tragic death of a Hyderabad man who was deceived into joining Russia's conflict with Ukraine, the CBI took swift action on Thursday, dismantling a network engaged in trafficking Indians to the region.

Approximately two dozen Indians, lured under the false pretense of lucrative job opportunities, were allegedly coerced into participating in Russia's war. The investigative agency initiated a case, leading to raids at more than 10 locations in seven cities connected to the individuals and entities facilitating the trafficking. 

These operations are currently underway in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Ambala, Chandigarh, and Madurai, resulting in the apprehension of some suspects for interrogation.

Preliminary findings during the raids revealed that the total number of Indians dispatched by these entities to Russia and Ukraine stands at 35. An official remarked, "It remains unclear whether all of them have been compelled to partake in the conflict."

Dubai-based Faisal Khan named by CBI 

The CBI has named Dubai-based Faisal Khan, also known as Baba, who operates the YouTube channel Baba Vlogs. Khan's name has surfaced repeatedly in media discussions with families whose sons were enticed to Russia, only to be forcibly engaged in warfare after promises of high-paying jobs.

Alongside Khan's company, Baba Vlogs Overseas Recruitment Solutions Pvt Ltd, three other entities based in Mumbai, Delhi, and Chandigarh have been implicated. The directors of these companies are also accused in the case, though it is yet to be established whether they collaborated with Khan or operated independently.

Officials reported the confiscation of incriminating documents, electronic devices such as desktops, laptops, and phones, as well as ₹50 lakh in cash during the raids.

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