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11 July 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: Six persons allegedly cheating people in the name of establishing tower of a reputed telecom company were held by the Special Squad of Commissionerate Police here on Tuesday.

"Some persons from West Bengal had published an advertisement for installation of Reliance Jio tower in West Bengal and had promised to pay over Rs 50,000 per month. They had invited applications for the purpose and after selection of suitable land had invited the applicants to Bhubaneswar to sign the agreement. The applicants had been asked to come with Rs 1.02 lakh in cash to sign the documents after which they were supposed to get an Rs 15 lakh cheque each," said Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Kumar Sahoo, today.

Acting on a tip off, the special squad conducted a raid on a Bhubaneswar-based hotel and apprehended two people, posing as representatives of the telecom company. On further interrogation they revealed the whereabouts of a few more persons who were nabbed from Kuakhai river over bridge, during an attempt to flee from the city, Sahoo added.

All the accused were identified as residents of West Bengal. While Sumant Das and Sapan Haldar belong to Bardhaman district, Ajay Majhi, Nandan Jha, Ramesh Prasad and Gopal Yadav are from 24 Parganas district. Besides, all the victims are also from the neighbouring State.

An Innova bearing a ‘Government of India’ nameplate with a blue beacon atop has been seized. Police also found an air gun, a country-made pistol, a knife, a sword and a stick during search of the vehicle. The accused had also forged I-Card and the company seal, said the DCP.

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Anup Kumar Sahoo, DCP, Bhubaneswar