Nearly 42% of the victims in the multi-crore railway recruitment scam unearthed in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur recently were from Uttar Pradesh.
The gang of cyber tricksters created a fake website of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Muzaffarpur after hacking the board’s original website and invited applications for different posts. They collected money from 3,846 aspirants from 12 states. Of these, 1,603 were from UP while around 2,243 applicants belonged to 11 other states.
The gang deployed agents at different locations who collected Rs. 1 lakh to 5 lakh from the applicants, assuring them jobs after flaunting their contacts with the members of the RRB.
The entire racket came to light when some of applicants from UP approached the RRB office in Muzaffarpur around two months ago. They later registered an FIR of fraud against unidentified persons with the Mohammedpur police station in Muzaffarnagar on September 12.
The fraudsters even uploaded fake results on the website and issued forged appointment letters to many applicants. They swindled several crore rupees through this process, Bihar police sub-inspector Ram Balak Yadav told HT on phone. He is the investigation officer (IO) in the case.
He said, “We recently came to know about it when we hired an IT expert, Deepak Kumar, to retrieve the data uploaded on the fake website. Other than youths from UP, at least 1,089 youths of Kolkata, 377 applicants from Jharkhand, 364 from Haryana, 103 from Uttarakhand, 47 from Bihar and 263 from six others states were cheated through the website.”
The IO said three persons, including Praveen Kumar, who allegedly created the website, were arrested from Delhi in October. He said the two others were Kumar’s aides - Virendra and Sagar Saxena. Yadav, however, said several other people from Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata were suspected to be involved in the racket.
He said the website was created in Delhi but the data was uploaded on it from Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata. “The police of all these places have been informed about the cyber fraud and we are seeking their help to unearth the entire racket. We are retrieving details of all the applicants through the fake website and trying to approach them,” the IO added.