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Posted at: Jun 12, 2019, 7:04 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2019, 10:13 AM (IST)

Two city women held hostage in Dubai

Police approach hotel owner to return their passports

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 11

Two women tourists from Bathinda have been held hostage by a hotel owner in Dubai. The hotel owner has taken their passports and other documents and they are reportedly being forced to dance at the club there.

This information has been given by one of the victims to her husband in an audio message, in which she stated that she and her sister had been kept hostage in separate hotels.

The Canal colony police station, on the complaint of a victim’s husband, has registered a case against three persons and started a probe into the incident. Also, two people have been arrested in this regard and are being interrogated.

In his complaint, Jaswant Singh, a resident of Paras Ram Nagar, stated that he works as a taxi driver in Bathinda and is married to Priya for four years. His wife had told him that her father had fixed a deal with travel agents — Sukhdev Singh of Param Nagar, Jobanjeet Singh of Ludhiana and Salman Khan of Gurgoan — to provide tourist visas for Dubai to Priya and her sister Priti. They flew to Dubai from Delhi on June 7.

But, on June 8 he received an audio message from his wife that they had been trapped in Dubai. She also told him that the owner of the hotel where they were staying had taken their passports and other documents and had kept them hostage. Moreover, he was pressuring them to work in the hotel’s clubs, the complainant alleged.

Acting on Jaswant’s complaint, the police arrested Sukhdev Singh and Jobanjeet Singh, while Salman Khan is still absconding.

Investigation officer Sub Inspector Kulwant Singh said the accused had confessed that they only provided tourist visa to women. The SI stated that he had talked to the hotel manager at Dubai and made him return the passports of the women, who have been asked to return to India.

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