Lucknow: Fake marksheet racket busted, 4 arrested
The gang was preparing fake marksheets of Class 10, 12 and graduation since 2012 and used to charge Rs 5,000 to 10,000 for each marksheet.lucknow Updated: Oct 10, 2017 14:58 IST
The crime branch of the Lucknow police busted a fake marksheet racket on Sunday and arrested four persons from a multi-storey complex on Hewett Road. The cops, however, disclosed the information on Monday.
The police recovered around 400 fake marksheets, 800 papers used for printing them, rubber stamps of several fake examination boards, three laptops, five scanner-cum-printers, one CPU and 12 paper cutters.
- 170 marksheets of Bhartiya Vidya Shiksha Sansthan.
- 140 marksheets of Rajakiya Mukt Vidyalay Shiksha Sansthan, Lucknow.
- 35 marksheets of Board of Higher Secondary Education, New Delhi.
- 24 marksheets of Rajkiya Mukt Vidyalay Parishad.
- 16 of UP Rajya Mukt Vidyalay Parishad.
- 05 of Mahakaushal Ayurvedic Board, Jabalpur.
- 05 of Rajya Madarsa Shiksha Board, Lucknow, UP.
- 05 of Kendriya Mukt Vidyalay Shikshan Sansthan, Rajasthan.
- 10 government orders were also recovered.
Those arrested were identified as Amit Sisodiya, a native of Mathura, Shahi Ahmad of Bihar, Vikas Srivastava of Hardoi and Khalid Qadri of Lucknow.
The gang was preparing fake marksheets of Class 10, 12 and graduation since 2012 and used to charge Rs 5,000 to 10,000 for each marksheet.
The fake degrees and marksheets made by the gang were related to boards that never existed.
To give an impression that the marksheets were genuine, the gang members used to upload them on fake websites prepared by them. In a bid to further prove their genuineness, the accused had also prepared fake government orders to give authenticity to the ‘examination boards’ whose degrees and marksheets were issued.
Mastermind of the gang, Manish Pratap Singh alias Mange Ram, a native of Ghaziabad, is already in prison in Barmer district (Rajasthan). He was operating the gang from behind bars.
After getting inputs about the gang from various sources, the crime branch and the Qaiserbagh police conducted a raid at the Sethi Complex, Hewett Road, on Sunday evening.
The cops arrested the four accused from the fourth floor of the complex and later recovered fake marksheets, degrees and the equipment used for preparing them from a flat in Shadab colony, Vikas Nagar.
Crime branch inspectors AK Mishra and Vimlesh Kumar Singh and station officer, Qaiserbagh, DK Upadhyay led the operation along with other cops.
“The gang was operational since 2012. A large number of fake marksheets and degrees have been recovered from the miscreants,” said Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police, on Monday.
Police were also trying to find out whether the gang had supplied marksheets in other states as well.