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Fake recruitment racket busted

delhi Updated: Oct 12, 2011 23:49 IST
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The crime branch of the Delhi Police have arrested two persons including a woman for duping over 1,000 job seekers of more than Rs 10 crore by promising them jobs in Assam Rifles and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, government of India.

The woman, identified as Archana Singha, was the mastermind and had appointed agents in different parts of the country to lure job seekers.

“In 2007-08, recruitment of Assam Rifles was held in Jorhat where she came in contact with a doctor who was a major in Assam Rifles. She succeeded in getting three-four persons appointed and earned Rs 10,000 to Rs 15, 000 per candidate in this recruitment,” Ashok Chand, DCP (crime) said.

In 2008-09, the recruitment of Assam Rifles was held at Cooch Bihar and Singha collected money from several candidates but only a few candidates could be selected. “She then began to appoint agents in different parts of India,” Chand added.

The agents used to lure innocent persons by promising them jobs. They used to collect Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh per candidate as advance.

“To make it look like a genuine recruitment process Singha used to organise a medical checkup camp at Jorhat with the help of fake doctors and officers,” Chand said.

“After that she used to ask candidates to go back and wait for the result and appointment letters. To make more money, she would send a photocopy of provisional appointment letters to her agents and would ask them to deposit rest of the money before giving them original appointment letters,” Chand said. This fetched her Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per candidate from the agents.

During the same period she also came in contact with one T Israil who told her that he has contacts in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. At the instance of T Israil she also collected money from hundreds of candidates for getting them jobs in the ministry. She paid Rs 1 crore to Israil but no candidate could be selected.

But she succeeded in getting proforma of appointment letters and seals of the ministry.

“When candidates mounted pressure for their jobs, she issued fake appointment letters to them and even arranged a training program at Byrnihat (Meghalaya). The similar program was conducted at Institute of Physical Health and Hygiene at Mahipalpur, Delhi,” he said.

Ravindra Chauhan, who was also part of the racket, arranged the training program in Delhi. He has also been arrested and police have seized 90 bank accounts. Chauhan used to pose as a major of Indian Army. His father is a retired naib subedar from Rajasthan Rifles and he was selected in Rastriya Rifles as constable in 2003.

In 2007, while he was posted at Baramula, he injured his right hand and was declared unfit for further service in the Army.