KOCHI: The town police have launched a probe into a significant fraud reported within the metropolis after a gaggle of individuals began an organisation allegedly claiming it to be dealing with e-governance tasks for the Union authorities and picked up lakhs from folks promising jobs. Police mentioned the fraud got here to gentle when an individual lodged a grievance with Central police station concerning the actions of the organisation referred to as “Society of e-Governance Digitalisation Information Centre” within the metropolis. Primarily based on the grievance, police performed a preliminary inquiry and registered a case in opposition to 4 accused recognized as Ithihas, Shaji Alunkal, Nidiyamma Ponappen and Suresh who claimed to be managing companions of the agency.
A senior police officer mentioned that the complainant had alleged that the accused took `22 lakh from him and his brother after promising jobs within the tasks. “Although the 2 got jobs for practically two months within the workplace, they weren’t given any wage. When the complainants demanded their wage, the accused gave cheques for the quantity which bounced when offered within the financial institution,” the officer mentioned.
The probe discovered that the accused have been operating campaigns on social media faking their agency as a authorities organisation which was into dealing with a number of e-governance tasks for presidency departments and authorities establishments.
“The agency doesn’t also have a correct web site. We suspect extra folks may need fallen victims to the fraud,” the officer mentioned. In a report filed by police earlier than the Periods Court docket right here opposing the bail software filed by fourth accused within the case, police submitted that the accused made the complainant and his brother consider that their society was a Central authorities institution whereas it was only a society registered beneath Travancore – Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act,1955.
Prey to pretend campaigns
Many have fallen prey to pretend campaigns on social media claiming the agency as a govt organisation dealing with e-government departments and establishments.