His childhood dream to work abroad seemed to be coming true when he met the two men who promised to get him a job in Bangkok.
Niranjan (23) did go to Bangkok and to four other countries,but returned without a job each time. It was only then he realised he had been cheated not only of his time,but also of lakhs of rupees.
Based on his complaint,a case of cheating was registered on Thursday at Hazrat Nizamuddin police station in Southeast Delhi against the two men,identified as Vimal Verma and Anil Kumar. Police said Verma was arrested on Friday. According to police,Verma and Kumar had promised to get Niranjan a job abroad and cheated him of over Rs 5 lakh.
Niranjan studied till Class XII. Through some common contacts,he met Verma over a year ago. Verma has an office in Jungpura and lives near Ashram, a police officer told Newsline.
Verma promised that Niranjan a job with a salary of $2,000,almost Rs 4 lakh,police said.
The two men started taking money from Niranjan,claiming it was a fee for visa processing and completing other formalities. First,they took Rs 60,000 as advance. Later,they charged him Rs 1 lakh for a tourist visa to Malasiya.
A few weeks later,Niranjan was made to board a flight to Bangkok with four others,police said. Verma claimed he had arranged jobs for all four and again took Rs 1 lakh from Niranjan. In Bangkok,Niranjan was told that his visa could not be processed and he was put up at the house of one of Vermas friends,Mohammad Rana.
When my visa did not come,I was taken to Malaysia by train. But here again,nothing happened. When I asked Verma why I was not getting a job,he said there were problems in my visa, Niranjan told police in his complaint.
After spending 26 days in Malaysia,Niranjan was asked to go to Indonesia. Verma again demanded Rs 2.4 lakh,which Niranjan says his father paid through a cheque issued from Central Bank of India.
My mother and sister visited Verma in his office,where he promised them that if I did not get a job within the next 10 days,he would return the entire money with 2 per cent monthly interest. From Indonesia,I was taken back to Malasiya and later,I returned to India, he said.
A month later,Verma informed Niranjan of a job in Cyprus,Europe. However,he claimed that his European partner cheated him and asked Niranjan to work at a salary of 300 euros a month,Rs 21,000 approximately.
Since they had promised Niranjan a job with a salary of Rs 4 lakh,he refused to take up the job at such a low salary and threatened Verma that he would approach police. Then,Verma promised to arrange a job in Australia, the police officer said.
Frustrated,Niranjan returned to India and went to Verma in February to ask for his money and passport. Verma refused to return both. Niranjan then lodged a complaint, the officer said.