DIGBOI, Aug 30 - The Tinsukia police after 19 days of intense operations across the State and international border, on Tuesday evening managed to bust a gang involved in amassing several crores of rupees from unemployed youths in the name of providing employment at various oil sector organisations including at the Oil India Limited, Duliajan.
The joint operations initiated to this effect by various police stations led by Debobrata Dey, the DSP, Tinsukia HQ in association with OC, Bhaskar Saikia of Makum yielded significant gains with the arrest of six persons from various locations including the Indo-Nepal border, Jorhat and Makum. The alleged mastermind Bedanta Gogoi of Janapath, Chandan Nagar, Jorhat and Vishal Gogoi alias Kalyan Arandhara of No. 2 Lajung village of Margherita were arrested along with Pullock Jyoti, Dipankar Gohain, Anjumala Gohain and Podumala Chutiya all under Makum Police Station in Tinsukia district.
Police sources said that unemployed youths from Assam were taken to Kerala with a promise of being provided jobs across oil sector companies after being provided three months of training in Kerala. Sources further said that around Rs 7 lakh per candidate was handed over in cash to Bedanta Gogoi, the chief of the network in Assam.
Meanwhile, with the arrest of Bedanta Gogoi from his Jorhat residence late on Tuesday night, the entire network involved in the act has been busted.
Talking to this correspondent, Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, the Superintendent of Police Tinsukia said that on the basis of two different FIRs filed at Makum Police Station by the duped candidates against Vishal Gogoi, a 10-member police team was constituted to look into the case. It started working since August 11 and managed to arrest Vishal Gogoi from the Indo-Nepal border, Bedanta Gogoi from Jorhat and the other accomplices from Makum. According to Mahanta, the case was being investigated from all possible angles and with the seizure of Oil India I- cards, certificates of training and promissory letters, bank transactions and document printers and other evidence, emergence of many more skeletons from the scene cannot be ruled out.