Dream of overseas job costs man Rs 5 lakh

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 Verma's 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.

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