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Sharmili Mallick

Bhawanipatna Town Police in Kalahandi district has reportedly busted a fake employment company and arrested five persons on charges of making false promises of proving jobs to unemployed youths.

As per reports, more than 60 job aspirants from different districts of Odisha have been allegedly duped by the 'benami' company to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them lucrative jobs.

The matter came to the fore after some youths approached the Bhawanipatna Town Police Station for help. The duped youths in their complaint have been alleged that they have deposited Rs 22,000 each as security money to the company for getting a job. Besides, they alleged that they have been kept house arrest and were not allowed to even speak to their family members.

Based on the allegations, the Bhawanipatna Town Police raided the office of the company and arrested five persons in connection with the case.

 “We were told by the company authorities that we have to undergo training for 22 days and then we will be provided with a job. They also told us that we have to pay Rs 22,000 following which we will get a job for Rs 20,000 per month. But when I came here for the training, I realised that this is nothing but a networking job. We are not allowed to talk to our colleagues and are even deprived of speaking to family members. There are youths from Puri, Nayagarh, Khordha and Kendrapara in the company,” alleged a victim Soumyaranjan Nayak.

Another duped youth, Manish Kumar, a resident of Bihar alleged, “They told us that we have to work from the office in Bhawanipatna for eight hours a day for which we will be paid Rs 20,000 per month. I thought this was a good opportunity and asked them some time to submit the security money which was Rs 22,000. However, they told me that I have to book a seat by paying Rs 14,000 immediately or else the seat will be taken by someone else. Later, when I came to Bhawanipatna, I was given accommodation in different lodges for an initial three to four days. Later, during the training, I realised this was a networking job. They have kept us in house arrest and not allowing us to go outside and even speak to family members,” added Manish.

On the other hand, the officials of the company said that the concerned business firm deals in product selling. 

“There are different packages like winner package, standard package. Those who buy a package for Rs 22,000, are provided with some products and even given training for seven to eight days here,” said a staff of the company who has been arrested by the police.

However, the Bhawanipatna Town Police is yet to give a statement on the case. Further investigation is underway.

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