The very idea of ensuring a medical seat for his daughter made Tarn Taran SSP Rajjit Singh Hundal get a fake certificate showing him to have been killed in a terrorist encounter.
The anomaly came to light when the certificate was produced by Sukhmani Hundal with her application form at the counselling for the MBBS course at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, on Wednesday. The bogus certificate is part of the university records.
The certificate issued by Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner Varun Roojam on June 25, 2013, reads: "Certified that Rajjit Singh, son of Ajit Singh, is father of Sukhmani Hundal (name of the candidate), who was killed in terrorist action in Punjab during terrorist operation of security forces acting in aid or civil power. The ward of person killed in Punjab will mean a family, which has lost its breadwinner in some terrorist action in Punjab."
University sources said the matter came to light during the scrutiny of Sukhmani's documents. The officials dealing with the admission process questioned the veracity of the certificate.
When the anomaly was pointed out to Roojam, he assured to verify the record. According to admission norms mentioned in the university prospectus, total 2% seats will be reserved for the "wards of terrorism/riot-affected persons (in order of preference to the exclusion of next category) (a) whose breadwinner has been killed, (b) persons killed in terrorist action in Punjab or in 1984 riots outside Punjab, (c) terrorism or riot-affected or displaced persons".
When contacted, SSP Hundal blamed the anomaly on the wrong specimen of the certificate provided in the university prospectus. He agreed that as per the wording of the certificate, it seemed that he were dead. "But we are a terrorist-affected family as my mother and sister were killed by terrorists in 1991. As far as the wording of the certificate is concerned, I have taken it from the university prospectus. Such a certificate with the same wording has been got prepared by all parents belonging to the same category," said Hundal. "It is the university officials who should be blamed for not updating the certificate specimen," he said.
University vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill said, "As per the government notification, the benefit is given only to those families who have lost their breadwinners to terrorism. Only the immediate family members of the person killed in terrorism can get the benefit."