The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested a kingpin of a syndicate who was allegedly cheating jobseekers in the name of providing government jobs. He has been identified as 48-year-old Sohel Sikder.
Being tipped off, a team of PBI arrested Sikder for fraudulence from the city’s Bashatek area on Thursday. Sources said that Sikder used to invite potential jobseekers by assuring to secure job. Such was his (Sikder) assurances that job seekers would not require to sit for written tests as usually is compulsory for any government job application, sources said.
According to police, Sikder cheated many such job seekers by issuing fake appointment letters after realizing money from them. He grabbed Tk 12 lakh through such corrupt practices assuring to secure jobs in Bangladesh Army. At one stage he had gone into hiding. His wife, Selina Begum and an associate, Khalilur Rahman were accomplices. PBI also seized some documents related to his fraudulence.
PBI is now looking for his accomplices. According to the PBI officials, Sohel Sikder once worked in a construction firm in the city. He was also involved in a genuine land selling business. In the guise of working in a construction firm, he maintained his ‘cheating’ business. Abul Kalam Azad, Special Super of PBI (Dhaka Metro- North) said, “Arrested Sohel used to introduce himself as a contractor in the Military Engineering Services ( MES). He had assured one Shipon Patab to secure him a job in a civilian post of Bangladesh Army.”
Azad said, “He cunningly took original transcripts of his school and college. A few days later, Sikder informed that his job was confirmed. He claimed Tk 3 lakh from him. After selling ornaments of his mother and his sister, he made the transaction of Tk 3 lakh on February 3.” The police officer continued, “After receiving the money, Sikder produced a fake appointment letter. The date of his joining was February 28. Shipon communicated with Sikder on the day of his joining. Sikder asked him to wait. At one stage, he demanded additional Tk 3 lakh for securing another job instead.”
Shipon agreed and made a second cash transaction of Tk 3 lakh after taking a loan from his relatives and friends. Sikder’s wife Selina and Khalilur were present during handing over the money to Sikder.
He told Shipon that he needs to go in front of the Baishaki Hotel in the city’s Mirpur-10 section. He then sent a mobile message to Shipon informing him to face a medical test on March 17.