‘Retd Army cap­tain’ lures 6 with de­fence jobs, cons them of ₹ 36L

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - V.Narayan@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: A man from Vizag, who claimed to be a re­tired cap­tain from the In­dian Army, was ar­rested for al­legedly si­phon­ing off Rs36 lakh from six young­sters af­ter promis­ing them can­teen at­ten­dant’s job with Prin­ci­pal Con­trollers of De­fence Ac­counts (PCDA) Navy of­fice in Co­laba. The ac­cused, Imandi Trinethra (56), was picked up from Mum­bai air­port when he ar­rived from Vizag on Satur­day­with six vic­tims whom he had promised jobs. Trinethra was iden­ti­fied af­ter the city crime branch posed as de­coy (de­fence of­fi­cials) got in touch with one of the vic­tims from Vizag and asked their travel de­tails to Mum­bai. Trinethra planned to con­vince the vic­tims that the date of join­ing has been post­poned, the po­lice said.

The city crime branch re­ceived a tip-off from the PCDA’s of- fice that they have come across a fraud that is be­ing ex­e­cuted by some­one from Vizag who un­der the pre­text of giv­ing jobs has taken money from youths in south­ern states. The po­lice learnt that Trinethra, who re­tired from ser­vice in 2001, runs Saras- wathi De­fence Academy at Visakha­p­at­nam and as­sures youths of get­ting re­cruited in the de­fence ser­vices within a year of join­ing his academy.

“He col­lected Rs 6 lakh from each can­di­date and even made the vic­tims un­dergo on­line test and med­i­cal test be­fore trav­el­ling to Mum­bai on Satur­day,” said a crime branch of­fi­cer.

Apo­lice of­fi­cer said, “He claims he started as se­poy and man­aged to re­tired as Cap­tain.”

Trinethra al­legedly planned the of­fence af­ter PCDA ad­ver­tised 10 open­ings for the post of can­teen at­ten­dants in Mum­bai in March 28. “Af­ter un­der­go­ing the fake on­line test, the vic­tims were handed over ap­point­ment let­ters. But the vic­tim re­quested him to ac­com­pany them to the of­fice and he agreed. Mean­while some of the vic­tims called PCDA of­fice to in­quire when they have to join and this alerted the of­fi­cials to get more in­for­ma­tion and alert the cops,” said the of­fi­cer.

On a tip-off, DCP Dilip Sawant su­per­vised as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice San­jay Kadam, as­sis­tant in­spec­tor Su­nil Pawar and staff that nabbed Trinethra from Mum­bai air­port.

An FIR has been reg­is­tered at Co­laba po­lice sta­tion.

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