Pradeep Singh

Seems like the Covid-19 pandemic has not only led to a spurt in cyber crimes but also fake firms taking advantage of the present unemployment situation in Odisha when the police busted another such firm which has allegedly duped hundreds of job aspirants to the tune of lakhs in Kalahandi district.

The firm in Bhawanipatna has allegedly duped more than 150 job aspirants on the pretext of providing them employment. The matter came to light after a few students escaped from the firm and lodged complaints with the police.

Based on the complaint, police raided three hostels of the company and have so far detained three persons in connection with the case for interrogation.

"It's a fraud company. Initially, they told us to pay Rs 5000 for securing jobs. Later, they told us to pay another Rs 15000 for Identity Card to bag the job," alleged a complainant, Kanhu Charan Barik.

Moreover, locals were also suspicious of the firm. "From the very beginning, I was suspecting the claims made by the firm and was quite sure it was a fraud company," said a local, Kalindi Charan Swain.

Swain claimed that when he inquired as to how they (the accused) managed to get the building on rent, he came to know that the owner of the building was in dark about the same. It was the caretaker who had rented out the building to the firm,  Swain said.

On November 7, the Banta police arrested two persons in Bhadrak for allegedly cheating several unemployed youths to the tune of around Rs 5 lakh on the pretext of providing them jobs in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Two days later, on November 9, the Commissionerate Police arrested three persons on the charges of duping several job aspirants by promising them employment in government, private and public sector undertakings in Odisha.

The trio was arrested by the Chandrasekharpur police based on the complaint filed by one Arun Kumar Mohanty who alleged that Biswa and Badri- two conduits of the racket- duped him to the tune of Rs 50,000 on the pretext of providing a job in Mission Shakti, Odisha.

Earlier on October 25, the Jharsuguda Police had arrested three siblings, including two women, on charges of cheating Rs 14 lakh from a person on the pretext of providing him with a job in Indian Railways.

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