3 held for running maid service racket

Three persons, including two women, have been arrested for involvement in a maid service racket and cheating over 50 people to the tune of Rs 7 lakh in the national capital, police said on Tuesday.

Vasudev, 21, his wife Beena, 23, and Moni, 21, who hail from Assam, were arrested over a complaint by a resident of Ashok Vihar, said Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways).

The complainant had said that a maid service agency by the name of ‘Bulbuli Maid Service’, which has its office at Sunder Vihar, had cheated him on the pretext of providing a maid.

“The agency had taken a commission of Rs 18,000 and the salary of the maid was fixed at Rs 2,500. But the maid only worked with them for a day and then vanished on the pretext of getting milk,” Chand added.

The address given by the agency was also found to be fake and there was no response on the phone numbers provided to the complainant.

A trap was then laid and Vasudev, Beena and Moni were apprehended from Rithala Metro station.

The trio were subjected to intensive interrogation after which it was revealed that Vasudev was the kingpin of the racket.

“They have been involved in the racket for the past one year. Their modus operandi was that initially they distributed pamphlets in the residential areas saying they were a maid placement agency.

“However, the address of their office printed on the pamphlets would be fake and the mobile phone numbers would be taken on fake identities,” Chand said.

They used to take Rs 10,000 to 25,000 from prospective employers as commission for providing a maid.

In order to convince the employer, Beena and Moni were shown as the maids. “After taking the commission amount either Beena or Moni used to join as a maid in the household, but she would vanish next morning on some pretext or other,” Chand added.
DH News Service

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