A 45-year-old deputy commandant with Assam Rifles was arrested on Thursday for allegedly running a job racket in connivance with his female accomplice.
Arrested deputy commandant Kamdev Das, also an MBBS degree holder, is a native of Deoghar in Jharkhand. He was held from near the Saket Court complex after the crime branch got a tip-off that he would go there to consult an advocate, SBS Tyagi, DCP (crime), said.
His accomplice Archana Sinha, the mastermind, was arrested by the crime branch in October 2011 along with her agent Ravinder Chauhan for allegedly duping many jobseekers of crores of rupees on the pretext of providing jobs in Assam Rifles and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
Das went underground after Sinha and Chauhan revealed his involvement.
“Das provided samples of appointment letters issued by Assam Rifles to Sinha. He provided sample seals/stamps and specimen signatures of the appointing authority of Assam Rifles to Sinha. She used these to prepare fake appointment letters,” said Tyagi.
The police recovered 21 fake seals of Assam Rifles and the ministry along with 200 provisional appointment letters from Das’s arrested aides.
Several cases had been registered against the accused persons in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana.
Tyagi said Sinha and Chauhan were arrested in 2011 following a complaint that one Major Ravindra Chauhan from Gwalior had cheated 38 innocent villagers of more than R1 crore on the promise of getting them jobs.
“Investigation led to the arrest of Chauhan who used to pose as a Major. His interrogation revealed that Archana Sinha from Jorhat, Assam, was the mastermind. She was arrested and revealed Das' name,” said Tyagi.
"Sinha appointed her agents to lure jobseekers in several states at the behest of Das. They used to collect between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 1 lakh per candidate as advance, added Tyagi.
The candidates were called for fake medical examinations in Guwahati and Jorhat and offered fake appointment letters.