Kaumudi Online / January 18 2006
Job racket busted, four held
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The city police have arrested four persons on the charge of having defrauded hundreds of unemployed people of considerable amounts of money by falsely offering job placements in private firms. Circle Inspector, Medical College, K E Baiju identified the accused as Balu M Sukumaran, 35, of Ulloor; Mohanan, 53, of Nedumangadu; Omar Sharif, 32, of Vallakadavu and Chandrasekharan Nair, 53, of Manacaud. Baiju said three firms owned by Balu were being investigated in connection with the recruitment racket. The firms are Venus Enterprises, Southern Enterprises and Moden Placement Services.
The method of the operation of the accused was to place advertisements in newspapers inviting the unemployed to apply for jobs in private institutions. The firms charged Rs 50 for an application form and later up to Rs 1,000 as registration fee. "Applicants who protest when they do not get the promised jobs are pacified by the accused by returning a portion of the registration fee with the assurance that their grievance would be redressed soon," Baiju said.