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Conmen defraud 100 jobseekers

Three arrested

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Conmen defraud 100 jobseekers

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Three members, including the ringleader, of a racket were arrested for defrauding over 100 jobseekers in the capital on Sunday. 

The arrestees are: ringleader Harun-Ar-Rashid, 36, Sekandar Ali, 34 and Masud Rana. The racket comprised 12 to 13 members.

They were arrested from Paltan and Mirpur areas in the capital.

Imam Hossain, additional deputy inspector general of police (Dhaka Metro) of CID, revealed the information while briefing reporters in the city on Monday.

They used to forge signatures of ministers and MPs, and make fake Demi Official (DO) letters to gain confidence of the jobseekers.

The fraudsters defrauded the jobseekers issuing fake appointment letters by forging signatures of government officers concerned, he said.

They targeted unemployed educated youths with allure of government and lucrative private jobs.

The ringleader demanded Tk 5-30 lakh from each jobseeker.   They took Tk3-5 lakh in advance from each and took signatures of the victims on blank stamps and cheques. They defrauded over 100 jobseekers this way, said the officer.

Very often, Harun went to his native village in Naogaon by a luxurious jeep and circulated news among villagers that he was doing a big business in Dhaka and had relations with many ministers, MPs and government officers.

Asha Mondol, a jobseeker, gave him Tk3 lakh in the hope of getting a job in the secretariat of parliament about four months ago. She agreed to give him Tk 8 lakh for the job.

Harun made a DO letter for her job by forging signatures of Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujon and MP Shahiduzzaman Sraker, said the officer.

She was given a fake appointment letter too, but when she went to join, she could understand that she was cheated.

Alamgir Hossain Ratan of Bogura told the Daily Sun that his son-in-law applied for job in Food Ministry. He had a previous relation with Harun.

“I told him that my son-in-law applied for the post of deputy food inspector. Harun assured me of giving the job in exchange for Tk 30 lakh.  He demanded Tk 5 lakh in advance. I gave him Tk4 lakh in advance. But finally, we came to know that we were cheated,” he said.