Vikash Sharma

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch on Saturday arrested one more accused for his alleged involvement in a major job racket and duping aspirants to the tune of over Rs 1.47 crore. The accused, identified as Jayanta Mohanty was arrested from Chandaneswar area in Balasore district.

“The accused was absconding and fled the State to evade police arrest. After a lot of exercise, he was arrested basing on the intelligence input,” said a senior EOW official.

Earlier, two persons including Baikunthanath Naik and Bhimsen Moharana were arrested on the charges of cheating over Rs 1.47 core from several candidates who had appeared in the Combined Police Service Examination (CPSE) 2013 conducted by the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

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The EOW had registered the case based on the complaint filed by one Badal Kumar Raula against the trio for committing the fraud and cheating of Rs 1.47 crore from 37 other job aspirants on the pretext of enlisting their names in the supplementary selection list of Combined Police Service Examination-2013.

The complainant and 37 other victim aspirants had appeared in Combined Police Service Examination, 2013 (CPSE-2013) conducted by the Odisha Staff Selection Commission for the post of Sub-Inspectors of Police, Sergeant and Deputy Subedar. As per EOW, the final merit list of the selected candidates published in December, 2016.

As there was a false supposition that a second/ supplementary list would come out, the victim aspirants who had appeared the viva-voce test became hopeful of getting job in case of publication of any supplementary list.

The accused duo- Baikuntha Naik, impersonating as Asst. Section Officer, Home Department and Bhimsen Moharana impersonated as high official of Home Department gave false assurance to the victim aspirants to get their names enlisted in the supplementary selection list.

“Baikuntha Naik had shown them fake Identity Card of Asst. Section Officer and demanded Rs.5 to 6 lakhs from each of them. Being persuaded, the complainant and others collected money and paid the amount to fraudsters. During the period from May to November, 2020, the accused persons took Rs.1.47 crore from them. The amount was paid both through account and in cash,” EOW said in a release.

Later, several incriminating documents including 12 ATM cards and fake ID cards of ASO were seized following raid on the house of accused Baikunth Naik.