Bhubaneswar, Jan. 2: Kharavela Nagar police today arrested a man for allegedly cheating and blackmailing a management student after promising her a job.
The accused, identified as Kishore Patra, 40, a native of Aska in Ganjam district, was caught by residents of Unit-III here after the young woman called him over phone for a meeting and asked him to return the documents she had given him for a job with a bank. The residents handed the accused to the police after a police control room van reached there.
The accused was working as a peon with a real estate company located at Master Canteen, while the 24-year-old woman from Kendrapara district is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in management at an institute in the city.
Unit-III residents, who caught the accused, said that man who was looking like a daily labourer was forcing the woman to marry him.
“When we caught him, the woman said that he was blackmailing her. We handed him over to the police,” said Nihar Barik, a local trader.
Deputy commissioner of police Nitinjeet Singh said that the woman had met the man three months ago and that he had promised her to provide a job in a bank. The girl had provided him some documents and her photograph.
“The accused failed to get her the job. He did not even returned her documents. She called Patra to a place at Kharavela Nagar area and asked for her documents. When he did not listen to her pleas, she threatened to call the police, following which Patra tried to flee from the spot. The girl raised an alarm at this and the local residents caught him,” said Singh, adding that the accused had been booked for cheating.