Two people were arrested from Noida in Uttar Pradesh for duping a Gwalior man of Rs 18 lakh on the pretext of providing a job, the crime branch police said on Friday.
The accused allegedly had deceived around eight to 10 people of Rs 74 lakh by assuring them plush jobs in the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and the Indian Railways. Rahul Nigam and his wife Nikita were arrested on Wednesday and brought to Gwalior on two-day police remand for interrogation, assistant superintendent of police and in-charge of Gwalior crime branch cell Alok Kumar Singh said.
The racket was unearthed when victim Ravi Rajput, a resident of Datia, lodged a case against the couple. Rajput had allegedly paid Rs 8 and Rs 10 lakh separately for two jobs in October, but became suspicious after there was no response for a prolonged period.
According to crime branch sources, Rahul and Nitika used to invite victims to visit their office in Noida and later send victims to Kolkata on the pretext of training, which were conducted by Rahul. They used photographs, clicked with politicians and influential men, to convince the victims.
Last week, the crime branch cops arrested the group’s Kolkata agent Virendra Rawat who revealed the names of Rahul, Nikita and a few other accomplices.
Singh said: “The police were interrogating the couple and trying to know the details about the money stashed by them…Another accomplice, identified as Amit, who conducted fake training sessions in Mumbai is still on the run. Efforts are on to nab him.”