Nayagarh: Police on Saturday arrested a youth from Sarankul in the district for allegedly duping several persons on the pretext of providing jobs in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
According to police sources, the accused, identified as Abhijit Pradhan used to lure unemployed youths with giving appointments in BMC through his contacts in exchange of money. He contacted one of his girl batch-mates from Sarankul and offered her the job of Field Inspector in the BMC.
Abhijit told the girl that he was working in the BMC and managed to extract money from her. Though he had told her that she will be invited for interview, later he said the interview was cancelled due to COVID-19.
After a few days, the girl got an appointment letter on BMC pad and was asked to join the post. But when the joining date approached, Abhijit told her that the Orissa High Court had stayed the process.
Suspecting Abhijit’s intentions, the girl made some enquiries and came to know that she had been cheated. “Though I did not speak to the BMC office, I knew that I was cheated. Besides me, my brother and two others have been duped by Abhijit,” she said. She filed a complaint at Sarankul police station.
An officer of Sarankul police station said Abhijit had duped the job aspirants of Rs 5 lakh. After registering a case, the police arrested Abhijit. During questioning, Abhijit confessed to the crime and further investigation is on, he added.