Srinagar: Crime Branch Wednesday arrested an imposter who allegedly has duped as many as 23 job aspirants and grabbed Rs 70 lakh from them with a promise that he would provide them permanent job in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
Sources in Crime Branch said that several job aspirants hailing from different hamlets of North Kashmir including Pattan, Khuru, Shirpora and Hanjiveera had provided hard cash to the tune of Rs 70 lakh to one Abdul Majeed Mir son of Abdul Rahim, a resident of Lashtiyal Kalaroos Kupwara after the later had assured them they will be appointed in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
The complainants had met the accused at the Omar Abad Zainakot residence of former Member Parliament Abdul Rashid Shaheen. The accused handed over fake appointment orders with fake signatures of Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Bank to the job aspirants. He (accused) even introduced them to another imposter whom he identified as R.K.Tickoo, a high official of the Bank. Tickoo was neither a Bank official nor the accused knew anyone from the JK Bank, said a Crime Branch official.
The complainants mainly Ghulam Muhammad Wani and Muhammad Yousf Khan in their complaints have maintained that they sold their paddy land and arranged Rs 70 lakhs and later on handed over the cash to Mir in front of Abdul Rashid Shaheen. A few days later Mir provided them appointment letters which all proved fake.
The accused in the lock up confessed his crime. More arrests are expected in coming, a Crime Branch Official told CNS.
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