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Police on Thursday raided 40 private institutions; including manpower recruitment agencies, and said most did not have licenses to operate, according to The Hindu. The raid took place in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state on the south west coast of India.
The inspections, code-named Operation White Collar, were conducted almost simultaneously and resulted in the seizure of money of unspecified value, blank cheques, title-deeds, revenue documents, promissory notes, passports, and driving licenses; collected from the public without any authorization, and used as security against loans and foreign employment visas.
A press release issued by City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan, who headed the special drive, said the police arrested the owner of Zion Travels near Bakery Junction on the charge of recruiting citizens for foreign jobs without the authorisation of the Protector of Emigrants. They seized several passports from the accused. He was arrested and presented at court on the charge of violating the passport Act and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
The police said that they inspected one company, Greenway Associates, a recruitment agency near Vazhuthacaud, and found that its management had collected nearly INR 50 million (USD 821,528) from the public in return for foreign jobs without government sanction.