Pune: Two women, including an IT engineering diploma holder, were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly duping over 20 people from different parts of the state on the pretext of giving them Travel Ticket Examiner (TTE) jobs with the Indian Railways.
A Nigdi police team, led by senior inspector Ganesh Jawadwad, arrested the engineer from Akurdi after a tip-off. Her accomplice was taken into custody later, said Manchak Ipper, the deputy commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad police.
“We have found Aadhaar cards, school leaving certificates, marksheets of those duped from Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Solapur and Mumbai. Three victims informed the police that the duo had taken a total of Rs 18.7 lakh from them and duped them,” Ipper said.
Assistant inspector Amol Korde of the Nigdi police told TOI that recently a beautician from Nigdi filed a complaint with the police stating that a woman, working as TTE, had taken Rs 8.5 lakh from her on the promise of helping her and her brother get a TTE job with the Indian Railways.
“As the woman was constantly changing her addresses, we gathered information on her and one day when she had come to Akurdi we got hold of her,” Korde said.
He said the police have recovered two black blazers, a fake badge, identity card and a name plate from her.
“During questioning, the accused said she had duped a woman four years ago and now that woman has joined her too in duping other people. We have arrested the second woman too,” Korde said.
He said the probe revealed that after completing the diploma, the woman did not take up any job. She rather chose to dupe people by posing as a TTE.
“She used to spend the money on branded clothes, shoes and gadgets. She had taken a flat on rent in an upscale housing complex at Punavale,” Korde said.
He said the woman and her accomplice have duped many people across the state.
“Many of them have not come forward to file a complaint as the suspects had returned a part of the money taken from them. Such people were only concerned about their original documents which they had handed over to the two women in anticipation of a job,” the officer said.