CHENNAI: The main accused in a two-year-old case in which college students were duped of lakhs after being promised jobs in leading IT firms, was arrested near Albert Theatre in Egmore by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police officials on Saturday evening.
Police said A Abdul Zuban (47), a resident of Mylapore, was in hiding for more than two years. He had conspired with his friends Arvindraj and Syed Salafuddin, and duped college students of more than Rs 25.70 lakh promising them jobs. They had collected Rs 1 to Rs 2 lakh per person from 14 persons in 2013 and absconded with the money. The ‘job fair’ was held at Nungambakkam under the name of a company titled SSS Placements, police said.
While Arvindraj and Salafuddin were arrested and sent to Puzhal jail in 2014, Zuban had gone into hiding. The trio had also duped 30 college students of about Rs 50 lakh in Poonamallee and Nerkundram between 2010 and 2012.
During those ‘placement drives’, they posed as representatives of prominent IT companies. There were similar cases registered against Zuban in Madipakkam and Salem as well, police said.