3 held for duping youths of Rs 70 lakhs with promise of jobs

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Nagpur, June 19 (UNI) Three people, including a former employee of the district and sessions court, have been arrested for allegedly duping several youths of about Rs 70 lakhs on the pretext of getting them jobs in the establishment in Gadchiroli in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, police said today.

The suspects, identified as Sharad Krishna Govindwar (61), a former assistant superintendent in the court, Devanand Meshram (40), a schoolteacher, and Satyanarayan Rapartiwar (50), a tailor, were arrested last evening.

Meshram and Rapartiwar would promise to help unemployed youths get a job in the court, and take them to Govindwar, they said.

Govindwar would take the money, ranging from Rs 60,000 to Rupees 1.25 lakhs, from the aspirants, on the pretext of getting them appointed, police said. However, none of them got jobs even several months after paying the money, they said.

The trio is suspected to have duped at least 60 young men, with the money extracted from them totalling an estimated Rs 70 lakhs, police said. The magnitude of the scandal was revealed when the police began an investigation after one of the victims lodged a complaint.

Govindwar worked as assistant superintendent in the Gadchiroli court from 2004 to 2007, police added.

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