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Sharmili Mallick

The Koraput police on Sunday busted a fake job racket and arrested as many as five persons from Semiliguda area on charges of duping several youths by promising them lucrative jobs in several government firms in the district.

The fake job consultancy company operating under the name ‘HR Job Consultancy’ has allegedly collected Rs 40,000 each from more than 70 youths of the district and outside. The firm had promised them jobs in government firms like—NALCO and HAL.

The arrested persons have been identified as Sunil Kumar Chaudhury and his son Sudhir Kumar Chaudhury of Rayagada. The father-son duo was living at a rented house in Semiliguda area of Koraput. The other three are -- Sanotsh Kumar Baral, Kamal Lochan Mohanty of Bhubaneswar and Abhimanyu Mishra of Bari area of Jajpur district. Mohanty was reportedly serving as the managing director of the consultancy company.

Briefing media on the fake job racket operating in the district, Sunabeda Sub-Divisional Police Officer Manoj Kumar Behera informed, “The NALCO authorities on April 2 lodged a complaint regarding the issuance of fake appointment letter, gate pass and other documents in the name of the company to some youths. The matter came to the fore when some youths were found carrying the fake gate passes at the company’s (NALCO) office in Damanjodi.”

“After receiving the complaint, the district police formed three teams under the supervision of IIC of Sunabeda Police, IIC of Damanjodi Police, IIC of Semiliguda Police and SDPO and launched an investigation. We apprehended Sushil Kumar Chaudhury and his son Sunil Kumar Chaudhury and recovered bio data, application forms, appointments letters, gate passes and other documents related to the fake recruitment from their possession,’ said Behera.

“During the investigation, the duo revealed they are working for one Sanotsh Kumar Baral of Bhubaneswar who was the managing director of the consultancy firm,” added the SDPO.

Subsequently, the investigating teams conducted a raid at a hotel in Similiguda area yesterday and arrested the three persons, including Baral, Mohanty and Mishra. They also seized several incriminating materials including fake appointment letters of 17 reputed companies, 55 visiting cards, gate pass, a computer, a laptop, a printer, different forms, stamps and Rs 21,000 cash from their possession.

“They had provided us joining letter and gate pass. We have lodged FIR at the police station. We need justice and want to get back our deposited money,” said a victim, Raj Rajeswar.

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