Lured to Thailand, 300 Indians now forced into cybercrime in Myanmar

CHENNAI: More than 300 Indians, including at least 60 from Tamil Nadu, have been held hostage by a gang at Myawaddy in Myanmar where they are forced to do cybercrime

activities, multiple sources told TOI. People from some other countries were also being held by the racket. The victims are held captive in the Myawaddy region which is not

under the control of the Myanmar government and is dominated by ethnic armed groups. Some of the hostages who sent out messages to their families called their captors ‘Malaysian

Chinese’. READ ALSO: 'How my father and I became victims of cybercrime' The matter came to light after some Tamil men sent out an SOS video on Saturday, appealing to

the Union and Tamil Nadu governments to rescue them. They said their employers were forcing them to work for more than 15 hours a day. When they refuse to do illegal work, they

are beaten up and given electric shock, they added. The Indian embassy in Yangon, Myanmar issued an advisory on July 5 cautioning against ‘unscrupulous elements offering

jobs’. 94311925 On Monday, a Raja Subramanian (60), a fisherman from Karaikalmedu appealed to the district collector of Karaikal in the UT of Puducherry to rescue

his son who is among the Indian captives in Myanmar. Subramanian’s elder son Sudhakar narrated the story of his brother who was working as a data entry operator in

Dubai. READ ALSO: Cybercrimes up by 492% since 2015 in Odisha “Earlier this year, his manager said he was given a promotion and asked him to move to their Thailand

office. From Thailand, he and several others were taken illegally by road to Myanmar,” he said.