Key accused of job scam held, victims for return of money

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Amritsar, July 22

The city police has arrested Sukhwinder Singh Raju, the key accused of the fake job scam case along with one of his relatives, who was an employee of the Municipal Corporation. The key player, Sukhwinder Singh Raju, a resident of Kajikot village, Tarn Taran, and Kuldip Singh, a Class IV employee of the MC, have been arrested in separate raids last week.

The city police have booked Raju for duping 46 persons on the pretext of providing them jobs in the horticulture wing of the MC on May 28. The victims of the job scam (40 men and six women) had been working for the past two years without salary. Sukhwinder Singh charged them money from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh each, and issued them fake identity cards.

Inspector Harjinder Kumar, investigating officer, stated the accused Raju duped 46 persons with the help of his maternal uncle, Kulding Singh, who used to serve as a beldar in the MC. The duo have been arrested and sent to jail.

The fake job scam had surfaced on May 21, when some victims who were ‘recruited’ on the post of gardeners in the Horticulture Department of the MC in 2016 — and they used to work in various gardens of the city — approached higher officials of the MC. When they discussed the issue with the higher officials, the then Joint Commissioner of the MC told them that the MC had not recruited anyone.

Harpreet Singh, a victim of the scam said, “We need justice. All victims are from poor families and we need our money back”.

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