Bengaluru: Based on the complaint from one of the victims of a government job scam at Upparpet Police station, the police have arrested Gadag’s Veerannagouda Basavanagouda Patil, who is also founder and president of Siddalingeshwar Education Institute.

In the investigation, it has also come to light that the accused used to target the victims at chief minister’s Janata Darsan and lure them with the promise of government jobs. So far, the accused has collected about Rs 80 lakh.

Shivu, a resident of Kanakapura, approached the Upparpet Police with his complaint against Patil. Realising the gravity of the crime, the case was transferred to CCB Police who arrested the accused.

During the investigation, the officers have come to know about the modus operandi of Patil. The accused had earned the confidence of the residents of north Karnataka who come to meet the chief minister at his official residence to air their grievances and the accused also used to loiter at the venue and strike a conversation and flash his visiting cards. Later, at a convenient time, he lured them with government jobs. The accused used to ask the victims to come to hotels and collected cash from them. After few days he stopped answering their calls and avoided the victims.

"Veerannagouda Basavanagouda Patil has cheated over 20 victims. From each victim, he is said to have collected between Rs two and three lakh. The accused has confessed to the crime. The police have time and again warned the public not to fall victims to such scams, still, they do not heed to our warnings," said a senior police official.

The operation was led by joint commissioner of police, Alok Kumar, DCP crime Girish, ACP Venugopal, inspectors KC Giri, PM Diwakar and other staff attached to the CCB.