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72 hotel mgmt students cheated with job promise

The dollar dreams of 21 graduates, including four girls, from a Thane-based college of hospitality turned into a nightmare of sorts, as the youngsters are virtually living a life of bonded labour doing menial work in a Malaysia hotel.

The 21-member batch from the SES college of hotel and tourism management at Chendni Koliwada had completed their one-year academic programme and the college authorities assured them employment in Singapore. The college authorities had introduced them to Siddesh Deshmukh, who coordinated with a Singapore-based private employment agency UCP.

An agreement was drafted between them and they ensured to provide jobs to a total number of 72 students. The students had collectively paid Rs 37.80 lakh to Deshmukh. It is learnt that the first batch of around 10 students left for Singapore in January 2013, but were deported six months later.

''The college had already paid Rs 37 lakhs to Deshmukh and so we sought his intervention. He then offered jobs in a Malaysia hotel and a batch of 21 students left for Malaysia in August 2013,'' said Milind Koli, director of the SES college.

However, on reaching there the work profile of these students was revised and instead of appointing them in the kitchen, all of them were huddled into the house-keeping sector . Koli said that the college has no role to play in this. It is learnt that parents of these students have approached political leaders and sought their intervention to fly their children back home.