CBI arrests masterminds of railway recruitment racket

New Delhi: CBI has arrested the alleged masterminds of a job racket for fleecing unemployed youths on the pretext of giving them recruitment in railways and training for the same using a fake Railway Recruitment Board website.

CBI Director Anil Sinha
CBI Director Anil Sinha

Two prime accused in the case, Naresh Rathi alias Balram Sharma and Akhilesh Kumar alias Sachidanand Jha, were arrested this week from Haryana and Dehradun, respectively, while four members of the gang were nabbed in Lucknow last month, CBI sources said here today.

“These gang members took the victims to railway office for imparting ‘training’ for positions in railways. The gang was operating in various parts of the country and targeting gullible unemployed youth,” a CBI official said.

The sources said that Rathi and Kumar emerged as the alleged ring leaders of the gang and were arranging for medical examination and training of the unsuspecting victims, to whom they would issue appointment letters in the name of railways.

CBI had registered an FIR last month on the complaint of one Lalit Verma, who claimed he was cheated to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh on the pretext of being given employment as a ticket checker in Northern Railways.

“More cases of similar cheating have also come to light.

The modus operandi adopted by the gang was to issue forged appointment letters (to victims) and arranging their bogus medical examination at Railway Hospital to convince them about the genuineness of the selection. The gang was operating using a fake website of Railway Recruitment Control Board,” the official said.