The Ramol Police in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad arrested a man for allegedly defrauding a 32-year-old Vastral resident of Rs 19 lakh under the pretext of getting him a job in the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The victim, identified Vivek Rajput, is a labour contractor by profession. He resides with his wife in Ahmedabad’s Vastral area. In 2017, his wife connected with her school friend, identified as Rekha, on Facebook. After this, Rekha began coming to their house along with her husband Kamlesh Sharma who claimed that he was an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer.
Claiming connections in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), he offered to get Rajput a job in the ED if he was willing to pay for it. Rajput gave Sharma Rs 5 lakh, following which he got an admit card in the year 2018. After this, Sharma demanded more money from the labour contractor, according to a report published by Ahmedabad Mirror.
Later, Rajput was taken to the office of the ED. Sharma went inside while Rajput waited outside. Thereafter, Rajput was informed that he has been posted in the vigilance department, but last year the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the virus. Later, Sharma, along with his wife, moved to Rajasthan’s Jaipur. He then began giving excuses regarding Rajput’s posting.
A police officer clarified that Sharma is a history-sheeter who came out of jail after securing bail. “The accused is a history-sheeter who was arrested by the crime branch in a similar case and later released on bail. He doesn’t work for the IB. We have arrested the accused,” the AM report quoted the officer as saying.
This comes days after the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police busted a gang involved in extorting money from people after offering them fake work-from-home jobs. Four people, including a woman, were arrested in connection with the racket.
According to the police, the accused offered data entry and other work-from-home jobs to people and gave them work targets that were impossible to meet. After this, they extorted money from people on threat of legal action against them.