Railway employee ‘dupes’ job-seekers

Staff Correspondent

Special team formed to trace the accused

Siddaiah collected

up to Rs. 50,000

from 84 people

‘He fabricated a letter in the name of SWR General Manager’

HUBLI: As many as 84 youths of Gadag, Haveri, Dharwad and Davangere districts have been duped allegedly by a railway employee of Hubli who promised them to get appointment as group D employees in the South Western Railway.

According to the aspirants who have now lodged a police complaint, the railway employee S. Siddaiah had collected money from them promising to get them the appointment.

Siddaiah, who had claimed that he was close to senior officials in the railways, had told the youths that there were about 100 group D posts vacant in the South Western Railway (SWR) and the General Manager of SWR had discretionary powers to make the appointment, they said. He had also shown some documents to corroborate his claim. According to Prakash, one of the complainants, Siddaiah had collected Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 50,000 from 84 persons promising to get them the appointment.

Siddaiah had fabricated a letter in the name of the General Manager of SWR in which he had mentioned the names of all the aspirants who had given him money and said that that they had been found eligible for the post and interviews would be conducted on January 3, 4 and 5.

He had told the aspirants that call letters for the interview would be sent to them individually from the SWR office.

However, they did not get any call letter. When they approached Siddaiah, he told them that the recruitment had been put off because of protests and they had to wait for some time.

Later, the aspirants asked Siddaiah to return the money collected from them. Siddaiah gave them cheques which, however, bounced. According to some of the aspirants, Siddaiah also threatened some of them when they asked him to return the money.

Deputy Commissioner (Law and Order) D. Prakash told that a complaint had been registered against Siddaiah on Saturday and a special team had been formed to trace him. He said that the police were investigating the credentials of the non-governmental organisation which Siddaiah had made use of to win the trust of the aspirants.

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