Vikash Sharma

A couple has been arrested from West Bengal on the charges of running a multi-crore fake job racket in different parts of the country including Odisha. The accused have been identified as Chaitali Mukherjee of Rourkela and her husband M. Gupta of Uttar Pradesh.

The couple has been arrested by a special team of Angul police from West Bengal. Police said the arrests were made in connection with the inter-state fake job racket which surfaced in Odisha in February this year. So far nine persons, including two from Jharkhand, have been arrested in six different cases registered by various police stations in Angul district.

Preliminary reports reveal that 50 job seekers in Odisha have been duped to the tune of Rs 2 crore by the scammers. The number of victims and the amount duped is likely to go up during further investigation. The gang used to collect money from the unsuspecting aspirants by assuring them of jobs.

SP, Angul, Jagmohan Meena said that the scammers used to swindle the victims by organising fake job interviews, workshops and issued fake appointment letters as well. The racket was also active in several other states including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

“We suspect there could be over 1000 victims who have been duped by this inter-state job fraud racket. We have so far registered six cases in Angul alone. The mastermind couple were nabbed from West Bengal and they have been produced before a court for remand,” said Meena.

Meena further said that many mobile phones, a car, stamps, fake appointment letters and identity cards have been recovered from the duo who are the key brain behind the pan-India racket.