A number of job seekers in Pune have been accused of committing a fraudulent scam by claiming that Indian Railways is offering them employment under the ‘ministerial quota’. Fraudsters presented victims with fake interviews and, in some cases, told them they had gotten a job and asked them to come to work at the railway station.
An FIR has been registered at the Talegaon Thapade police station under the Pimpri-Chinchwad jurisdiction based on a complaint lodged by a 34-year-old man from Malawali village near Lonavala. Based on the complaints of six people who have approached them so far, the police said that the scam has swindled Rs 39 lakh from job seekers. Police said they have details of at least 10 people who were similarly deceived.
Based on the information provided by the complainants, the police have registered a case against 13 persons, including a major fraudster from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. No arrests have been made so far.
The fraudsters approached job seekers in November 2019 and confirmed what they had said was a ministerial allocation to Indian Railways. They showed fake identity documents to those interested who pretended to be senior railway officials.
Assistant Analyst Narayan Patil said, “These activists were asked to pay between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh each. They were interviewed and given letters of appointment. The suspects have been delaying every action, citing Govt-related restrictions. A few months ago, fraudsters went to various railway stations in Jharkhand, including Jasit, to the extent that the victims say they have been assigned duties.
“In August this year, when these youths went to work in Jasithih, they were told that no such appointments had been made and that the persons they were talking to were not railway employees but fraudsters. The youths returned to Pune and recently lodged a complaint with us. We have started the search for these suspects,” he said. Said Patil.
Applicants were made to train at some training centers for more than 45 days, for which they were charged separately, police said.