Staff Reporter

They say they were asked to make a deposit of Rs. 1 lakh towards bond

They allege that the recruiting company has violated the agreement

Three officials of the company are held; three absconding

BHUBANESWAR: Hundreds of fresh engineering graduates, who were recruited by Assurgent Technology Solution Private Limited, an IT firm, alleged that the company had duped them by taking Rs. 1 lakh from each of the recruits.

City police arrested three officials including their Human Resource Development manager Arun Roy on the charge of cheating students while Chief Executive Officer Soumitri Mukherjee, Chief Technology Officer Sanjay Sanyal and Chief Finance Officer Prem Prakash Gupta were absconding.

Students demanded that the company’s three top ranked officials be immediately arrested as many students were belonging to poor families and had arranged the money by facing huge hardship.

The students staged demonstration in front of the house of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday evening and decided to continue the agitation till the culprits were punished.

According to complaint filed before Deputy Commissioner of Police, around 250 candidates were recruited by the Assurgent Technology in 2008 by holding campus selections in different colleges of Orissa.

Training period

The candidates were asked to submit a deposit of Rs. 1 lakh towards bond by which most of the engineering graduates abided.

New recruits were told to go for six months of training during which they would get a stipend of Rs. 2000 of stipend per month and after completion training they would be paid Rs. 20,000 per month.

Instead of six months, these graduates reportedly underwent nine months of training. Moreover, the company delayed giving appoint letters more than four months without even paying the paltry stipend.

When word spread from Durgapur and Hyderabad, location of other branches of Assurgent Technology, that the company had not given any works to students there, recruits in Bhubaneswar grew suspicious.

Despite their repeated appeal to return their deposit money, the company was not paying any heed. Finally, these engineering graduates lodged a complaint with a local police and demanded arrest of Assurgent Technology top executives.