The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested three people while investigating illegal employment cases in multiple states. The accused allegedly targeted desperate job seekers preparing for the Central Government exams and extorted money from them.
Operating for over two years, the organized syndicate raised billions of rupees under the guise of processing fees or security deposits from job seekers for central government departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs). Officials said the amount of money being asked for from each job seeker will be between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.
Around 25 job seekers were found to be undergoing training after receiving fake appointments in various central government departments such as Food Corporation of India (FCI), Railways and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Based on the information obtained, officials conducted searches at nine locations, including Patna, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Dhanbad, which led them to two fake training centers at Sakinaka in Mumbai and another at Patna in Bihar.
The defendants set up fraudulent job seeker training centers in various states and conducted subsequent training courses to demonstrate the authenticity of their activities. They would also invite job seekers to actual government buildings to receive nomination letters and calls for training, thus creating the illusion of legitimacy, officials say.
During searches at alleged training centers, officials found incriminating documents such as fake invitations, fake nomination letters and fake training records of job seekers.
Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, an associate of the accused was caught taking two prospective job candidates to the GST office allegedly to sign nomination letters, as per his modus operandi. Two major culprits have been found in Mangalore preparing to set up a new fake training center for potential job seekers. All three defendants were arrested.
They have been identified as Aman Kumar from Dhanbad, Abhishek Singh from Araria and Ajay Kumar from Bengaluru.
They are also accused of conducting fake training for job seekers in Nagpur in Maharashtra, Dhanbad in Jharkhand, Patna and Buxar in Bihar and Bengaluru in Karnataka.
The defendant established a system in which no job seeker could approach a higher-ranking defendant to obtain a refund of deposit or any confirmation of employment. The system sent false nomination letters, requests to participate in training in various centers and false documentation of candidates in false training centers.
Officials said a case has been registered against six people, including unknown government officials and others, in this regard. Further investigation into this matter is ongoing.
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