A RACKET involving guards posing as ex-servicemen and deployed at sensitive installations with the help of fake Army discharge certificates has been busted in the State capital.
As many as 12 persons including ten such guards and managers of two private security agencies have been arrested. The military intelligence had tipped the police in this regard.
Superintendent of Police Anant Kumar Singh told media today that these guards never worked in the Army but on the basis of fake certificates managed to work in such agencies that employed ex-servicemen and provided security in government offices and important installations.
The discharge certificate, issued just before retirement (prior to issuance of the retirement papers), mentions the rank and number of the official. In security agencies approved by D-G (Resettlement), the ex-servicemen ought to comprise 90 per cent of the staff and they get much higher salary than the ordinary guards, said Singh.
However, it was found that many guards in at least three agencies — Solid Punch Security agency, Bopee agency and Delhi-based Sukhmani agency had several guards in Bhopal who had provided false certificates of ex-servicemen.
The guards were working in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, BSNL, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and some other offices in Bhopal. The police do not rule out possibility of involvement of either a serving or retired employee of the Sainik Welfare Board.
The managers of two security agencies, Manoj Sharma and Sushil Tiwari, have been arrested. Ten guards including Bhaiya Lal, 56, native of Raisen, Balbir Singh, 54, native of Jalandhar, Arjun Singh, 42, native of Datia, R K S Yadav, native of Gorakhpur, Pramod Deshmukh, native of Akola, I B Thapa, native of Nepal, Dinesh Gurung, native of Nepal, Rakesh Sharma, 34, native of Gwalior, Gurcharan, 34, native of Indore and Sanjay Bakde, native of Aurangabad, have been arrested.
These guards had their fake certificates showing them as retired ex-servicemen from units in far-flung districts of other states that made it difficult to verify by agencies here. The police are interrogating the guards and the managers in order to ascertain the extent of involvement on various levels.
As the agencies are based in Delhi and Gurgaon, the police are also going to interrogate the owners. The Gandhi Nagar police have registered a case of fraud and forgery against them and the investigations is on.