Seven held for job fraud in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A gang led by a 31-year-old aeronautical engineer, which went to the extent of using the South Central Railway’s Sanchalan Bhavan to act as Railway Recruitment Board officials and cheat job aspirants to the tune of Rs.40 lakh, was nabbed by the Rachakonda Police here on Monday.

The gang, of which seven members, including two women, were arrested and seven others are still absconding, had allegedly cheated job aspirants by promising jobs in the Indian Railways and the National Thermal Power Corporation.

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat said based on a complaint registered under Neredmet police station limits, the Special Operations Team team had carried out a decoy operation and caught the gang red-handed in Secunderabad.

“During the investigation, it was identified that five similar complaints were registered under the Nidmanoor, Nalgonda Rural, Hanamkonda, Pothkapalli and Bhupalpally police station limits as well,” he said.

The arrested were Shaik Mohammed Kasim (31), of Rajahmundry, P Shivaranjani alias Swathi alias Srilatha Reddy alias Latha Reddy (28) from Mettuguda, I Praveen (27) from Warangal, D Ramesh (36) of Hanamkonda, D Rajesh (38) of Nalgonda, M Sravan Kumar alias Sravan (35) from Karimnagar and M Ashwini alias Lavanya of New Bowenpally.

The prime suspect, Kasim, a graduate in aeronautical engineering from Pune, had joined hands with Ghouse Basha, an expert in preparing fake appointment certificates, and began cheating job aspirants. Bhagwat said Kasim’s father was a Railway employee, and he was familiar with Sanchalan Bhavan, which was why he chose to use to hoodwink his victims.

“Posing as a RRB member, he held discussions in the waiting room on the fourth floor of the building,” he said, adding that Ghouse used to identify potential victims. The suspects collected Rs.2 lakh to 10 lakh from each victim and gave the fake appointment letters after payment was made.

About a month ago, the suspects took a few students to Mumbai and kept them in lodges bearing all expenses. “After collecting money from them, they handed over fake appointment letters,” he said.

“Lavanya had collected Rs.40 lakh from the candidates and gave Rs.10 lakh to Kasim and Rs.1 lakh to Praveen for posing as a railway agent/officer,” he said.

Police, who seized fake appointment letters, identity cards, railway registers and a few laptops, apart from a cash of Rs.20 lakh, have launched a search for the seven absconding suspects. Those arrested were produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.

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