A gang allegedly consisting of some UP Secretariat employees duped at least 42 unemployed youths to the tune of around Rs 1.25 crore on the pretext of assuring them jobs in different government departments.
The gang is operational in and around the Secretariat building in Hazratganj for the past four-five years. These startling facts were revealed after the arrest of a Jaunpur history-sheeter Mansharam Upadhyaya, who worked as a middleman for the Secretariat employees, in Hazratganj on Thursday. Upadhyaya has at least six criminal cases against him. He was arrested earlier in a similar fraud case in Barabanki and remained in jail for around nine months.
“Upadhyaya has revealed the names of Secretariat employees associated with the offices of some ministers and other senior politicians,” said Dinesh Yadav, circle officer (CO) of Hazratganj police station. He said the names revealed included Jai Kishore Dwivedi and RC Mishra. “Dwivedi is personal secretary to a senior politician while Mishra is OSD (officer on special duty) associated with the office Vidhan Sabha speaker,” Yadav said. He said one Sudhir Yadav posed himself as review officer in the Secretariat “but this is yet to be confirmed.”
The CO said the names of two more persons -- RN Dwivedi and SS Mishra -- have also surfaced in the crime. He said Upadhyaya, along with the duo, used to approach unemployed youths and introduce them to the Secretariat employees. He added the Secretariat employees used take money from the applicants after flaunting their clout.
The CO said some more Secretariat employees are suspected to be involved in the fraud. “The probe was started on the complaint of one Umesh Kumar Singh of Alambagh but it was later found that at least 42 people have been duped by the same gang. The gang had duped these people of at least Rs 1.25 crore ( Rs 3 lakh per person) in the name of providing jobs of teachers and clerks to them,” the CO said.
He said some cases have come to l i ght where t he Secretariat employees have issued forged joining letters and interview calls to the applicants. “They even used to call the job aspirants in different chambers inside the Secretariat posing as if some interview is going on there,” said the CO adding that the gang members used to threaten the applicants if they demanded their money back.
The CO said investigations were on and expected some more arrests soon.