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Mumbai Crime Branch arrests two individuals for duping job seekers

Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested two persons for allegedly opening placement offices in several parts of the city and duping job seekers, an official said.

The Mumbai Crime Branch official, according to newswire PTI, said that the arrested individuals have cheated more than 100 persons and transactions amounting to Rs 1 crore have been traced so far from various bank accounts and through cash collection.

"They would rent an office for 45 days and shut shop and flee after duping job seekers. Based on a specific tip off, a raid was conducted by Unit VIII of the Crime Branch on one such placement office in Marine Lines in south Mumbai. The accused had collected Rs 80,000 from each aspirant and had given bogus offer letters," he said.

"The accused had collected cash using UPI and QR code scanners etc. We have recovered medical certificates of aspirants, travel documents, visiting cards, letterheads etc as well as fake offer letters of jobs in Dubai, Singapore, Kuwait etc," he added.

The Mumbai Crime Branch official identified the accused as Shahid Hussain Mohammed Hussain Shaikh (39), a resident of Jogeshwari East, and Mohammed Nazim Mohammed Shabir Manihar (45) from Malad West.

"They were operating this racket from 2016. The duo had also opened offices in Mira Road, Jogeshwari and Khar. They were remanded in police custody till Friday and further probe is underway," the official added.

Meanwhile, a woman was arrested in Maharashtra’s Latur for allegedly killing her husband with the help of a minor boy.

Vaibhav Jyotaram Nikam (34), a resident of Digol Deshmukh in Renapur tehsil here, had gone missing on January 2 and his body was found on Saturday, the official said.

After his brother Suraj, who is the complainant in the case, raised suspicion about the involvement of the deceased's wife Neha, she was questioned, he said.

"She confessed to killing her husband with the help of a minor, with whom she reportedly is in a relationship. Both have been held for murder and further probe is underway," he said. (With inputs from PTI)

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