Racket duping unemployed youth busted

Berhampur: With the arrest of three persons, police today claimed to have busted a racket which duped unemployed youths of over Rs 20 lakh by promising them jobs in Odisha's Ganjam district.
 
A special police squad arrested the three members of the well-organized racket from a private lodge at Dhenkanal yesterday, police said.
 
The three were identified as Prabhakar Paltasingh alias Amit of Aska, Sagara Mishra of Muzaffarpur, Bihar and Ajit Kuamr Rana of Mantridi in Ganjam, sub divisional police officer (Aska) Sarah Sharma said.
 
Eight mobile phones, passbooks and ATM cards of different banks, several documents including some fake call letters and certificates were seized from them during the raids, she said.
 
The racket allegedly collected an amount ranging from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1 lakh from every applicant by promising to provide them with jobs in different private banks and mobile phone companies.
 
Money was collected from unemployed youths across the state including places like Aska, Bhanjanagar, Buguda, Sorada in Ganjam district, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda and Nabarangapur, Sharma said adding the amount swindled was not less than Rs 20 lakh.
 
The modus-operandi of the racket was also unique.
 
While Mishra used to conduct the interview for the applicants, Palatasingh, stated as the prime accused used to negotiate with them and bargaing the amount. Rana allegedly lured the unemployed youths, the SDPO said.
 
"We had received the complaints about the fake job racket operating in the area. We formed a special squad to bust the racket," she said.