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Manhunt for rail job scam kingpin

Patna, March 4: Police have launched a manhunt for Hilsa station manager Dilip Kumar, suspected to be involved in railway job scam.

The office of the divisional railway manager (DRM) at Danapur and the special task force (STF) received a communiqué from STF of Madhya Pradesh police yesterday asking, them to locate Kumar. According to sources, Kumar is absconding ever since his involvement in the railway job scam came to the fore last year.

Five summons were earlier served on him and his residence in Ranchi was searched last week. But he was not found there.

Finding no way out, the STF officials of Madhya Pradesh first wrote to the divisional railway manager of Danapur seeking his assistance to trace the elusive manager of Hilsa station in Nalanda. Subsequently, they approached their Bihar counterparts, a senior police officer said.

According to a senior STF officer of Madhya Pradesh, Kumar used to extort money from job seekers impersonating as a member of the Railway Recruitment Board. Even he had created a fake website to trap the gullible job aspirants. The role of some senior railway officials of Bihar, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh was under the scanner of the investigating agency, he added.

So far 19 people have been booked in the cases lodged with the police stations in Bhopal and Sagar districts of Madhya Pradesh, the investigating officer said. They allegedly promised Group C and D jobs to gullible aspirants.

Efforts to contact the Danapur DRM proved futile. “Sahib meeting mein hai (Boss is in a meeting),” was all that the person who received the phone said.

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