Vikash Sharma

With some candidates having the habit of looking for a shortcut - by hook or crook - to land at a lucrative railway job, there are fraudsters on the hunt for such characters. And this is what has been the scene play in Odisha's Jharsuguda.

The Jharsuguda Police on Monday arrested three siblings, including two women, on the charges of cheating Rs 14 lakh from a person on the pretext of providing him with a job in the Railways. The accused have been identified as Jharana Badi (32), Rajesh Badi (30) and Rajkumari Badi (19).

The trio was arrested based on the complaint filed by one Manas Patel on October 22, 2021. Patel claimed that he received a call from an unknown number and the caller offered him a job in the Railways. In order to fix the deal, the trio called him to a hotel and asked him to pay Rs 14 lakh and take the appointment letter.

Senior police officials said after taking the money from the complainant in the lobby of the hotel, they locked him inside a room on the pretext of counting the notes. Meanwhile, the trio ran away in a car with the booty. And preliminary probe revealed that they used a fake registration number to cover up their crime and mislead police investigation.

Moreover, they had booked the room in the hotel using forged identity cards.

Jharsuguda SP, Bikash Dash said, “All the three accused are siblings and they are duping aspirants for easy money as they had lost both their parents. They duped the complainant to the tune of Rs 14 Lakh by promising him the job in the Indian Railways.”

According to Dash, all the accused were earlier staying in Jharsuguda and were arrested from Bargarh after police established their involvement in the fraud. Police have recovered Rs 12.96 lakh and several fake Aadhaar and Voter Identity cards from their possession.

(Edited By Sanjeev Patro)