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Police PRO turns job racketeer

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 19: Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police have declared its public relations officer an ‘absconder’ after he evaded arrest in connection with a case of cheating.

The PRO, Rabi Chandro Nayak, allegedly duped several youths of around Rs 2 crore promising them jobs.

Nayak had allegedly taken money from youths promising them jobs in the police department and banks. His victims had paid around Rs 2 lakh each to him, trusting him as he was the PRO of the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police. Nayak later provided some of them with fake appointment letters and then did not return their money.

The youths who had paid him money to get jobs later lodged a complaint with Badagada police, which registered a case against the PRO under Section 420 (cheating)/ 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Nayak had been on leave for more than two months before he was declared an absconder.

Nayak, an information officer of the state information and public relations department, had been on deputation with the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police for the past two years.

Deputy commissioner of police Nitinjeet Singh said that following allegations, a case had been registered. “As he was absent for several days and did not join duty even after several reminders, we informed the information and public relations department and declared him an absconder. We are searching for him and he will be arrested soon,” said Singh.

The complainant, Ramakrushna Padhi of Hinjili in Ganjam district, said he and nine other youths from his locality had paid Nayak Rs 20.35 lakh to get jobs during the constable recruitment process that was on in December last year.

He said another person had accompanied Nayak claiming to be a legal adviser to the State Bank of India. They too had taken money to give jobs in banks.

“Some of us were provided with fake appointment letters. When we approached Nayak, he assured us he would return our money, but did not contact us later. We approached the Badagada police in September and in October. They finally registered a case this month,” said Padhi.

Another youth from Banki area of Cuttack, Chandi Prasad Sahu said that he had handed Rs 8 lakh to Nayak to provide his brother and three other youths of his area jobs. When he contacted Nayak, he said that he was going to Hyderabad and would return his money after he came back.

“He has not returned home and his mobile phone sets are all switched off. An accomplice of Nayak has promised me he would return my money by December 1. If I do not get my money back, I will file a case against him,” said Sahu adding that several senior police officers of the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police were also involved in it.

The complainants alleged that they suspected Nayak to be hiding in Cuttack at a relative’s house and police were not taking any steps to arrest him. Police officials suspect more people to be involved in the racket. “We are looking into the matter and hope the accused will be arrested soon,” said a senior police officer.