Chennai, March 7 (BPNS)
The Tamil Nadu police arrested four people including a woman for duping more than 100 people across the state taking money by promising government jobs.
Renuka 48 of Nanmangalam, Gandhi 54 of Saidapet, Mohanraj 38 and Rajendran 33 of Teynampet were arrested on Sunday by the Central Crime Branch of the Tamil Nadu police. The arrested were remanded in judicial custody.
Police said that Renuka was the kingpin of the gang and she created a fake identity card as a Government officer and cheated people showing this card. The gang had employed agents across the state who contacted the job aspirants and took them to the gang who duped them with the money.
The victims were promised government jobs in all departments including PWD, school education, government hospitals, and government secretariat. The gang conducted interviews outside the government departments and later took the candidates to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital for a check-up.
Few members of the gang would take the Outpatient slips in the name of the job aspirant at the hospital and the candidate is taken inside for a medical check-up. Police said that the hospital staff was not involved in this and conducted the health check-up as for a genuine person be doing in a government hospital. Police said that a few days after the medical check-up the gang issues fake posting orders to the aspirants.
The gang members, especially Renuka and Mohanraj would take photographs of them with the VIPs to convince the job aspirants that they are close to these VIPs. Police said that money in the range of Rs 50,000 to 3 lakhs was taken from the potential aspirants.
Police team headed by Assistant Commissioner, Surendran and Inspector Kalarani arrested the four people and then froze ten bank accounts belonging to them. A car, two bikes, and Rs 40 lakh worth of property documents were seized from the foursome.
Inspector Kalarani while speaking to IANS said, “ I don’t know how people are falling into traps set by such cheats. Both Renuka and Mohanraj were arrested earlier in similar job cheating cases in 2018 at Pallikaranai and the gang according to our information has been operating since 2014.”
She said that police is conducting several awareness programmes across the state warning people not to fall into the trap of job racketeers.