CHENNAI: Two men who cheated more than 100 aspirants of Rs 3 crore, promising them jobs in East Central Railway in Bihar, have been arrested. A special team of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police picked up Sundaradas, 65, a retired state Public Works Department (PWD) staff member, and Jagannathan, 53, on Tuesday. The two natives of Salem, who even conducted medical tests and issued call letters and identity cards to the victims, had been in the racket for the last two years and were acting as agents of Raja, a resident of Perambur who was the kingpin, police said. A hunt has been launched for Raja.
Explaining the modus operandi, A Selvasekar, inspector in the CCB's job racket wing, said the two men would approach each of the aspirants claiming there were vacancies in East Central Railway and guaranteeing them employment. "They would fix a date and take the candidates to Rajan who conducted interviews at a lodge on Ellis Road in Triplicane," said Selvasekar. They collected close to 3 lakh from each of the victims.The candidates, most of whom were from Chennai, were taken to Samastipur and Hajipur railway stations in Bihar. Rajan conducted classes on the premises of railway stations, explaining the nature of the work they would do. Each of the candidates, who included a few residents of Salem, was made to undergo a medical examination at a hospital in Hajipur, headquarters of East Central Railway, a police officer said. A few raised some suspicion when the procedure was delayed but Rajan and his team issued them appointment letters on the letterhead of East Central Railway and convinced them the exercise was genuine. The fraud came to light in mid-2013 when some of the candidates approached the East Central Railway authorities and realized they had been taken for a ride.
Based on a complaint with the CCB, a thorough investigation was conducted and Sundaradas and Jagannathan were arrested. They are now cooling their heels in jail. Police urged job aspirants not to fall prey to such fraudsters and lamented that despite regular awareness campaigns people continued to be cheated.