Berhampur, June 28 (LocalWire): Police arrested a 29-year-old man from Kalahandi district on Thursday for allegedly cheating young men from tribal dominated Kandhamal district by extorting money from them by promising jobs.
Preliminary inquiry revealed that cheating cases were registered against Laxmikant Meher at Junagarh, Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district and Sundargarh earlier, as he had duped several young men, said inspector in charge, Phulbani town police station, Tripati Choudhury.
Meher had duped at least 15 youths in Kandhamal district and collected huge amounts of money from them promising jobs of security guards in private firms, Choudhury said.
A case was registered against him on 17 June at Phulbani town police station on the basis of a complaint lodged by a victim, Lipun Digal of Linepada, police said.
Digal alleged he contacted the accused on his mobile in the month of February after reading an advertisement that was stuck in several places in Phulbani.
The person identified himself as Sushant Sahu, working at the toll gate at Rangamatia in Nayagarh district.
He demanded Rs one lakh to help Digal with the security guard’s job in a private firm.
The complainant provided the money to the fraudster in two installments.
Digal said he was provided with an appointment letter and an identity card. He was, however, not given the date of joining.
Digal started doubting Sahu/Meher’s behavior after he avoided his phone calls and started threatening him.
He, then along with some others approached the SP (Kandhamal) Prateek Singh and narrated the incident.
Singh then asked his Phulbani town counterpart to look into the matter.