Mastermind of a gang that had created a fake website of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Bhopal, to dupe job aspirants was caught by UP Special Task Force (STF) from Lucknow on Wednesday morning.
The accused, identified as Shivendu Madhav, 21, is a resident of Siwan district of Bihar, has been living in Varanasi of late.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP), UP STF, Triveni Singh said, "We have caught him following a tip-off. He is the mastermind of the gang that had created a fake website of RRB Bhopal."
On recieving a message from UP, STF, a team of cyber cell team of Madhya Pradesh left for Lucknow and the accused would be brought to Bhopal for further investigation.
Earlier, RRB Bhopal chairman Mahesh Chandra Pant had lodged a complaint with state Cyber Cell that a fake website — www.irrbpl.org — had been created. The fraudsters had also hyperlinked their fake website to the real website of RRB Bhopal (www.rrbbpl.nic.in ) for establishing credibility.
The gang invited applications for 11,289 posts of ticket collectors, track man, helpers and peons.
In the notification of the fake website, an applicant was supposed to get himself registered for the post and pay processing fee of Rs 300 for reserved category and Rs 500 for general category posts and the last day for submitting the application forms was October 10.
The gang has extracted `13 lakh from over 10,000 candidates. The UP STF officials said the gateway through which job aspirants were making payment had been blocked and money would be returned to all the candidates, who have paid so far as processing fee. Sources said the gang is from Bihar and they have been operating such fake websites of various RRBs for a long time.
Earlier, a similar case was busted by the MP STF, where a Bihar-based gang had created a parallel RRB Bhopal office and duped over 1,000 candidates in the name of recruitments. All the accused have been arrested in this case.
Accused had created Google-like search engine
At a national-level science exhibition held at Gaya district in Bihar in 2009, former President APJ Abdul Kalam had heaped praises on Shivendu Madhav, who had developed a model of a 'search engine' similar to 'Google' and he had said his search engine would be world famous. Shivendu and his father had approached several finances but they could not get any financer for the purpose.
UP, STF officials said Shivendu was being quizzed and it is suspected that he would have cheated more people through this trick.