Odishatv Bureau

The Commissionerate Police on Saturday stumbled upon a sensational case of alleged fake job posting racket in the Indian Railways during probe into a kidnapping incident.

As many as seven people have been arrested in both the incidents. Two separate cases one on Kidnapping has been registered under IPC sections 365 and 34 at Tomando PS and five people including one Pradyumna Naik have been arrested. In another incident, based on the counter-complaint by Naik, a cheating case under sections 420 and 34 of the IPC have been registered at Chandrasekharpur Police Station and two youths Soumya Ranjan Rout and Samarjit Rout, identified to be brother-in-laws to each other have been put under arrest, informed ACP Bhubaneswar Zone 6, Prakash Chandra Pal.

Narrating the details on the case, Pal explained that one Subhalaxmi Rout lodged a complaint at Tomando Police Station stating that some people had forcibly picked her brother Soumya Ranjan from their house and are demanded money to return him. IIC Tomando tracked the phone number and found its source from Chandrasekhapur area.

Soon after, Pradyumna Naik handed over Soumya Ranjan at Chandrasekharpur Police station. There he filed an FIR alleging that Soumya and his brother-in-law Samarjit Rout had duped him and his four friends of Rs 21 lakh in several tranches by providing employment in Railways while issuing fake appointment letters, ID cards and three months of training.

Surprisingly, all the five complainants complained that they were provided posting at Dhanbad under Eastern Railway zone but they sensed the recruitment as a fraud after the job providers released substantially lesser amount of monthly salaries for three months.

Brother of Pradyumna Naik alleged that when they sought return of their deposits, both Soumya and Samarjit did not respond despite repeated pleas.

“They promised my brother a job in TC post in the railways and won our confidence by showing appointment letters, ID cards of candidates granted jobs and sought an advance payment of Rs 1 lakh and the rest of the amount after the employment,” he said.

Naik’s brother further added that they were tested for medical fitness at Mancheswar Railway Hospital. Thereafter they attended duty for three months at Dhanbad Railway station with joining letters, ID card and as per due official procedure. But surprisingly even though the job provider promised to pay us Rs 32000 per month, but they were paid only Rs 9000 or sometimes Rs 6000 that too in cash initially.

Meanwhile police have said that investigation is underway in both the cases.

“We are also taking all angles including possibility of a big racket operating behind such cases of fraudulence. We are also asking other people who have been duped by the two accused to come forward and lodge their grievances,” said ACP Bhubaneswar Zone 6, Prakash Chandra Pal.