‘FCI board member’ dupes youth by promising job in Kochi

After two and a half years had passed without any progress, the victim requested Rahul to return the amount.
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KOCHI : The police have initiated an investigation into a case where an individual, pretending to be a board member of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), duped a Mavelikara resident by promising him a permanent job at Milma. In response to the directive from Ernakulam Judicial First Class Magistrate, the Kadavanthra police recently filed a case against Rahul Suresh, of Kayamkulam, and Rema George, of Puthupally.

According to the police, the accused persons approached the victim in October 2021, with promises of securing a permanent position as a system supervisor at Milma using their ‘connections’ within the organisation. As per the complaint, the victim was invited to Rahul’s residence in Kayamkulam. “There, Rahul introduced himself as a board member of FCI. To gain the victim’s trust, he was shown several documents bearing Rahul’s seal and the Union government emblem, and said that they had influential contacts at Milma who could facilitate the job,” said a police officer.

A week later, the victim was told to meet the second accused, Rema, at Ernakulam Junction Railway Station. As directed, he handed over Rs 10,000 to her for the processing of his employment papers. Following this, he was instructed to meet Rahul at the office of a construction firm in Kadavanthra. “During that meeting, the victim was informed that in order to secure the job, he needed to pay Rs 2 lakh. As instructed, the victim transferred the sum to the account of the construction firm and awaited his appointment letter,” said the police officer.

After two and a half years had passed without any progress, the victim requested Rahul to return the amount. In response, he was subjected to verbal abuse and threats of false implication in a fabricated case.

Subsequently, the victim lodged a complaint at the court in Ernakulam, resulting in its directive to the police to register a case and launch an investigation into the matter.

“The victim has provided bank transaction details demonstrating the amount paid to the accused persons. We are trying to locate both of them, and the investigation is currently in the preliminary stage,” said a police officer.

Instances of individuals deceiving job seekers with promises of positions at Milma have seen a rise in Kochi, with a previous case involving the arrest of a Ponekkara resident last year.

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