A 24-year-old college student was arrested for allegedly duping friends and contacts of MLAs and MPs on the pretext of providing them jobs at banks across the country.
Police said Ashu Bajpai, a third-year BA student from Unnao, works with a gang which cheats job seekers by posing as senior bank officers or by lying about their connection to MPs.
So far, police said his involvement has been linked to five FIRs that were lodged in Gujarat, Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar. Police said there are 16 other complaints on an online portal against the gang.
DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said, “Bajpai along with his aide and brother called more than 100 MLAs/MPs, posing as managers from nationalised banks. They would tell the ministers to give contact details of their friends and known persons who were looking for a job and would then cheat them.”
The matter came to light after a woman named an MLA and said she was cheated of Rs 25,000 by the gang who posed as senior managers from a public sector bank. Police said the accused offered her the job of clerk and later took Rs 25,000 as ‘registration fee’.
“We found several complaints targeting politicians and ministers using the same modus operandi. A team conducted technical analysis of call details and bank transactions and it was found that the accused was changing locations — he was operating from Kanpur, Unnao and other districts in UP. A team was rushed there. Based on call details records and the money trail, the accused was caught from a hotel in Kanpur,” added Kalsi.