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Job racketeers still at large

THOUGH THE cops claim to have picked up the gauntlet against criminals, the residents have an opinion to the contrary.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 01:08 IST
BK Singh
BK Singh

THOUGH THE cops claim to have picked up the gauntlet against criminals, the residents have an opinion to the contrary.

The police are just trying to refurbish their image in the public eye on one front alone, leaving the other front grey, says Rajesh, (name changed on request) a youth who has become a victim of Pathak brothers- job racketeers who took hundreds of young men for a ride in the name of providing them employment in merchant navy.“We had filed several FIRs separately against the Pathak brothers who took several lakhs from each one of us in exchange for jobs which in reality never existed”, he said while talking to HT Instead of acting swiftly against them, the cops allowed them to escape. They could nab only one brother while the other one escaped along with his wife and the wife of his arrested brother, he alleged.

“The cops harassed us and are still pressurizing some of the complainants to withdraw cases against the Pathak brothers who had lodged frivolous FIR against us. The Pathak brothers had accused us of threatening and abusing them”, Rajesh said. What was more, after writing off the case against the complainants following investigation, the cops were not sending their report to the court concerned but were also mounting pressure on the complainants to back out, alleged another complainant on condition of anonymity.

The then SSP SK Gupta had directed proceedings under the Gangsters Act against the Pathak brothers. But the George Town police station has not moved an inch in this direction till date.If the sources are correct, the Pathak brothers even managed to take away their belongings from the flat in Allahpur locality while the cops allegedly looked the other way, despite the fact that there existed attachment of property orders against the accused.The Pathaks had allegedly opened a training centre in Pura Fateh Mohammad in Naini called Tanshu Institute of Maritime Studies with hostel facilities.

They promised nearly 300 youths jobs in the Merchant Navy after taking several lakhs from each candidate.After undergoing training and waiting impatiently for long, the students became suspicious and started asking for refund. A mob of students gathered outside the Kanti Apartment, Baghambari Gaddi in Allahpur to put pressure on the job racketeers. Then SSP Gupta ordered FIR against the brothers.

First Published: May 01, 2006 01:08 IST