Bhubaneswar: Saheednagar police have arrested one Madhab Chandra Sethi an employee of the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education (DDCE), Utkal University for allegedly duping several youths of around Rs 40 lakh under the false promise of providing them with government jobs.
Accused Madhab Chandra Sethi works as Academic Coordinator at DDCE, History Department of Utkal University, police said.
” On 22nd September we received a complaint from one Basant Kumar Das that one Madhab Chandra Sethi had taken money from him promising to provide him with ASO job in the State Secretariat, ” informed Gautam Kisan, ACP (Zone 5).
The ACP said that Sethi had persuaded Das to pay Rs 12 lakh to get him the ASO job and had initially taken Rs 2 lakh from him as advance.
When the ASO exam result was published and Das did not find his name on the merit list he requested Sethi to return the money, the latter threatened him with dire consequences, the ACP added.
“On the basis of the aforementioned complaint, we registered a case at the Saheednagar police station under sections 420 and 506 of the IPC. During the investigation, we found some evidence against the accused and detained him for further interrogation. On the basis of pieces of evidence found against the accused, we have arrested him. He was working as an Academic Coordinator in DDCE of Utkal University,” Kisan informed.
Kisan said that since Sethi working in the DDCE he came in contact with various students and taking advantage of that he was making false promises to aspirants to provide them with government jobs.
Since Sethi was working in Utkal University students and aspirants used to trust him, Kisan added.
As of now police have come to know the names of five youths who have been duped by Sethi but the number could be 35 to 40, the ACP informed.
The ACP said that the amount duped by Sethi could be around Rs 40 lakh.
Quoting preliminary information, the ACP said that most of the victims were students of Utkal University.
During the investigation police learnt that the accused had cheated cash of Rs 4,00,000 from one Rasmiranjan Parida of Vani Vihar, Rs 4,00,000 from Dusmanta Kumar Panigrahi of Vani Vihar, Rs 70,000 from Smruti Ranjan Swain and Rs 1,20,000 from Gita Govinda Behera of Bhadrak etc. and many more youths on the plea of providing jobs to them, police said.