Bengaluru: Two thousand job aspirants were duped when they allegedly registered for a fake job fair.
According to the police, the accused are Santanam Gopalan (40) and his wife Ambika Gopalan, residents of Jayanagar T block and natives of Chennai. They organised a fake job fair at APS Commerce College, NR Colony. The police caught Santanam following a tip off from some of his victims, but Ambika is still absconding. The police have recovered cash of Rs 24,400 and handbills from the accused.
The couple had organised a job fair, inviting applications from degree holders of all disciplines and had advertised the event. The commercial claimed that top IT companies would be participating in the job fair. Rs 100 per aspirant was collected towards registration process. The couple had also paid Rs 10,000 to rent the college premises. The job fair was held on December 20.
“Around 2,000 unemployed graduates from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pune, Gulbarga, Hyderabad and other cities arrived at the job fair. Santanam and Ambika started collecting Rs 100 as entry fee from candidates,” said the police. A few persons were also hired to conduct interviews of the aspirants.
Basavanagudi police said, “But the drama ended soon after some of them grew suspicious and questioned Santanam on his profile and possible placements. When Santanam stumbled while answering, they alerted us.”
According to the police, a detailed investigation revealed that Santanam had got the idea after he had visited a job fair in the city about two months ago.