Odisha: Fraudsters Impersonate As ASO, Dupe People Of Rs 1.47 Cr

Bhubaneswar: Economic Offences Wing of Bhubaneswar has arrested to persons for duping people to the tune of  Rs 1.47 Crore.

The to people have been identified as Baikunthanath Naik and Bhimsen Moharana. Both the accused persons will be forwarded to the court of SDJM, Bhubaneswar today.

This case was registered on the complaint of a person identified as Badal Kumar Raula against
Baikunthanath Naik, Bhimsen Moharana and two others for fraud, forgery and cheating of Rs
1.47 Crore.

The fraudsters had looted the money from 38 job aspirants including the complainant on the pretext of enlisting their names in the supplementary selection list of Combined Police Service Examination-2013.

Reports say that, they impersonated as Assistant Section Officer (ASO) and other senior officials.

The investigation so far revealed that the complainant, Badal Kumar Raul and 37 other victims (job aspirants) had appeared in Combined Police Service Examination, 2013 (CPSE-2013)
conducted by Odisha Staff Selection Commission for the post of Sub Inspectors of Police,
Sergeant and Deputy Subedar.

The final merit list of the selected candidates published in December, 2016. There was an impression that there would be a second/ supplementary list.

The victim aspirants who had appeared the viva-voce test became hopeful of getting the job in
case of publication of any supplementary list.

The fraudsters exploited this situation. Baikuntha Naik, impersonated as Asst. Section Officer, Home Department, Bhimsen Moharana, impersonated as high official of Home Department and two others having contact with higher officials.

The accused persons in pursuance of the criminal conspiracy gave false assurance to the victim aspirants to enlist their name in the supplementary selection list.

In the process accused Baikuntha Naik had shown them fake Identity Card of Asst. Section Officer and demanded Rs.5 to 6 lakhs from each of them.

Being persuaded, the complainant and others collected money and paid the amount to fraudsters.

During the period from May 2020 to November 2020, the accused persons took Rs.1.47 crore from them. The amount was paid both through account and in cash.

It was also revealed during investigation that accused Bhimsen Moharana has retired as the Senior Grade Recorder from Higher Education Department.

During house search of the accused Baikunth Naik, many incriminating documents including 12 numbers of ATM Cards as well the fake ID card of ASO have been seized.

All bank accounts have been frozen. Investigation of the case is continuing to identify and nab other accused persons involved in this case and also in similar frauds.

Any persons who might have been cheated by the accused persons are requested to come up with complain.

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