One held for duping job aspirants of crores of rupees

Cuttack: The Tigiria police on Monday nabbed a man on charges of duping scores of youth on pretext of providing jobs in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at Chandipur of Balasore district.

Aspiring job seekers were cheated of more than Rs 4.5 crores as part of the deal, informed Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Tigiria police station, Sushant Sathpathy adding that Abhay Barik who happens to be a member of the BJD district unit is the main accused in the case.

“While the arrested youth identified as Bodhiswata Parida is being grilled in connection with the racket, efforts are on to track the main accused. Barik who headed the racket is absconding now. Parida was his close aide,” the IIC informed.

As per reports, fake appointment letters, identity cards and other documents have been recovered from Parida’s possession. An audio tape in which a job deal is being fixed between Barik, Parida and one Sheikh Riyan is also in possession of the police.

The matter came to fore after Riyan of Athagarh in Cuttack district lodged a complaint at the Tigiria police station. Investigation revealed about a full fledged fake job racket that had been duping many more youth with promises of giving them jobs.

“Two years ago I paid Barik for offering me job in DRDO. His associate Parida took me to Barik,” said the complainant, Sheikh Riyan.

“Crores of rupees have been duped by the gang. Barik bought a flat worth Rs 84 lakh in Bhubaneswar, a luxury car, plots and has deposited huge amount of money in banks,” added the IIC.

“Barik asked me to look for job seekers and that he can help them in getting jobs. But after a point of time, he started ignoring me,” said Parida.

“The allegation brought against me by the Tigiria IIC is baseless and false. Since I participated in a meeting demanding transfer of the cop, he is intentionally targeting me by maligning my political career,” said Barik over phone.