Police in Rewa district are searching for a youth, Rahul Sondhia, who was running a fake government job racket and had allegedly duped at least 21 jobless youths, including a girl.
Six months back, Sondhia, a native of Lauva village in Rewa’s Sagra area, got an advertisement published in local dailies about vacancies of peons at the collectorate and block headquarters in Rewa, Sidhi, Singrauli, Satna, Panna and Katni districts.
He trapped at least 21 job-seekers and after charging Rs 15,000 from each of them for the job of peon, Sondhia handed them appointment letter with forged signatures of Rewa district collector Rahul Jain.
The fake appointment letters issued on August 1 mentioned October 1 as the date of joining in all the six districts.
The alleged fraud came to light when Rewa resident Arvind Kumar went with the appointment letter on October 1 at the Rampur Karchuliyan block headquarters to join the peon’s post.
When the appointment letter was scrutinised, it turned out to be fake.
Arvind was immediately handed over to Rampur Karchuliyan police, who have booked both Arvind and Sondhia for cheating and fraud.
Investigations have been transferred to the Civil Lines police station in Rewa, police sources said.
According to Rewa police, despite raids in Rewa, the mastermind of the fake job racket remained at large.
All the appointment letters for the job of peons in the six districts were issued after forging the signatures of Rewa district collector Rahul Jain.
The collector confirmed the development and said the police were investigating the matter.