NEW DELHI: On March 16th, the Delhi Police announced the arrest of nine people who were part of a gang of fraudsters that duped over 100 unemployed youths by promising them jobs in private airlines. The accused, who have been identified as Manvendra Singh Rajawat, Vinit Singh Bhadauriya, Ajeet Singh Rajawat, Deepak Singh Chauhan, Surendra Pratap Singh, Rajat Sengar, Abhay Yadav, Satyam Singh, and Shivam Singh Rajawat, conducted tele-interviews posing as human resource officials of private airlines. They procured biodata of job seekers through online job-seeking websites and also sent fake job offer letters, ID cards, and other documents online to the victim to gain their trust.
The gang has been operating from different locations, including Noida, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka, and Nawada. They evaded arrest for more than eight months after their identity was established through technical investigation. The accused frequently changed their locations and managed to flee twice from their hideouts just before police raids.
The matter came to light after a Burari resident alleged that a few days after posting his resume on the website, he received a call from a person who posed as a representative of Indigo Airlines and informed him that his resume had been selected for a job opportunity. He was directed to deposit Rs 1,37,500 in a bank account for a uniform fee, salary account activation, passport, and other purposes. The complainant deposited the amount in a bank account provided by the accused. After some time, when he persisted for the job offer, he was informed that due to some internal emergency, the company had stopped hiring. When the complainant asked to return his money, the accused switched off his mobile phone.
During the investigation, the police recovered nine mobile phones and a bank account kit among other articles used in the commission of crime. The accused have been charged with cheating and forgery. The Delhi Police has cautioned job seekers to be wary of such fraudulent job offers and verify the authenticity of the recruiters before sharing any personal details or making any payments.