Mrunal Manmay Dash

Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Commissionerate Police arrested a fraudster in Bhubaneswar who allegedly duped Rs 25 lakh from several people by promising them jobs.

The accused has been identified as Debabrata Palai from Krushnapur village under Mayurbhanj’s Rairangpur block.

As per reports, Palai duped job aspirants by opening a consultancy firm Near Hanspal in Bhubaneswar. However, he was arrested after one of the job aspirants lodged a complaint against him accusing Palai of cheating.

Sources said, Palai used to live a lavish life by spending the money duped from the job aspirants. He reportedly duped Rs 13 lakh from three persons. He even managed to take Rs 50,000 from a girl by promising her a job in a hospital.

Rajkishore Pradhan, a complainant said, “He took Rs 3.5 lakh from me promising to provide a job to my son. When I could not find my son’s name in the qualifying list, I asked him to return my money. But he delayed by giving excuses and never returned it. So finally I was forced to come to the police station to lodge a complaint.”

The police have launched a probe after arresting Palai to ascertain the involvement of other persons in his crime.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Police busted one of the biggest job frauds in India in January 2023.

The accused, identified as Arpit Panchal, was arrested from Jaora area on January 10 and has been produced before Bhubaneswar SJDM court after being brought on a transit remand.

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