The Vakola police have arrested eight men for forging identity cards to pass the physical examination for police constable recruitment.
The eight arrested include the applicants and dummies, said Anil Kharade, senior police inspector of Vakola police station.
Similar complaints were registered by Goregaon and Bhoiwada police, the other two training grounds where physicals tests are being conducted.
“Candidates, who were physically unfit, sent somebody else in their place for the physical examinations at the police training grounds. They had replaced their photographs on the identity cards with those of the dummies and even managed to forge the Mumbai Police stamp across the picture,” said Kharade.
“We received complaints from the examiners who found the identity cards tampered with. After investigation, we learnt that the candidates had hired an artist who had sketched the police seal on the replaced photograph. We have arrested the artist too,” said Kharade, who refused to reveal the artist’s name as the recruitment process is on till Friday.
The recruitment authorities have disqualified the arrested applicants.
Ashok Takalkar, assistant commissioner of police (traffic) in-charge of the physical tests, said: “This time we maintained total transparency by announcing each candidate’s marks in presence of other applicants. It was then that other applicants informed us that these candidates were not present for the physical tests. We then filed complaints with the local police.”
Explaining the recruitment process, Takalkar said candidates apply and submit the forms, which include specifics such as age, height and weight, at the Naigaon centre.
On payment of fees, a candidate is given a yellow identity card and a date to appear for the physical examination.
After he passes the physical test, which includes long jumps, pull-ups, 100 m and 800 m races, he can appear for a written examination. And only after passing the written exam, the candidate is called for the final vivas.