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Agent held in illegal recruitment case

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KOLLAM, JUNE 10. One of the agents involved in illegally sending several people from Kerala to work in the U.S. army camps in Iraq was today arrested by a special police team here.

However, the agent, Thangal Kunju, had to be released soon afterwards as he produced an anticipatory bail from the District and Sessions Court here. The bail was given on June 1. Police had registered cases against the agents following direct instructions from the Chief Minister, A.K. Antony. Four Keralites who escaped from a U.S. army camp in Iraq had reached home here last month and met the Chief Minister. In a complaint submitted to him they said the agents gave them a job visa for Kuwait. From there they were taken to Iraq against their wishes and forced to work at the U.S. army camp, which was constantly under attack from resistance forces.

The first accused, Subair Khan, is still at large. Thangal is the second accused.

The Government Pleader's office here had not sent a copy of the bail given to Thangal to the investigating police officers.

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