Alert citizen thwarts fake placement drive

Bhubaneswar: A small piece of information from an alert citizen helped Commissionerate Police to bust an inter-state fake job racket that used to dupe job aspirants by promising them lucrative offers from Gulf countries.

Six accused including four from Maharashtra have been arrested in this connection.

Police Commissioner, YB Khurania informed that several job aspirants were saved from falling prey to the fake job racket due to timely action by police.

Khurania stated that initially a tip-off about the interview by a fake placement agency was received from a local resident and later a detailed inquiry was launched by police.

“A large number of people would have been cheated had the criminal gang succeeded in their attempts. Our investigation is still on in connection with the incident as the operators of the placement agency could not produce relevant documents,” said Khurania.

The accused have been identified as Asgar Ali Sayeed, Sajid Ali Maniyar, Shaik Nizamuddin Gayauddin, Mustak Shaik from Maharastra and Pramod Kumar Moharana and Chittaranjan Moharana of Khurda district in Odisha.

All the six persons were arrested while members of the fake placement agency were conducting interviews in a hotel at Kolathia area under Khandagiri police limits of Bhubaneswar today.

Police sources said the members of the fake placement agency from Maharashtra used to cheat job aspirants by posing as representatives of an oil company in Kuwait.

The accused mainly had engaged local youths from Odisha- Pramod Maharana and Chittaranjan Moharana of Khurda to trap job seekers.

Senior police officials informed that the gang used to organise fake placement programmes across the country and collect Rs 40,000 to 50,000 from each person on the pretext of providing them placements abroad.

75 passports, visiting cards of different tours and travel agencies, 200 application forms with resumes and photographs, Pan, Voter Id and Aadhaar cards of various job aspirants have also been seized by police.

A case under sections 468, 471, 419, 420, 370 and 34 of Indian Penal Code and section 24 of Immigration Act has been registered and all the accused have been produced before the court, said police sources.