The district police claimed to have arrested three people on Saturday for allegedly duping technical educational institutes in Bathinda and Mansa districts by posing as officials from the Union ministry of human resources development and checking their records and threatening to take action in case of irregularities. They would then take money from institute managements if they wanted to avoid action by the ministry.
Superintendent of police (operations), Bathinda, Hargobind Singh, said at a press conference here on Saturday that district welfare officer of Bathinda Sardool Singh had filed a complaint at the Phul police station alleging that he had got reports that one Rajinder Kumar was impersonating as an additional director of the Union ministry and was cheating the technical educational institutes and colleges by taking money as from them after checking their records.
The accused have been identified as Rajinder Kumar from Budhlada, Sikander Singh of Boha and Kuldeep Singh of Biro Ke Kalan, all in Mansa district, and seized a car (PB-10DP-3466), a laptop, a map of Bathinda district, a list of technical educational institutions of the district, Mansa and Sangrur and a list of students of these institutions, a bank pass book, an envelope containing record of money transactions and Rs 20,000. The police have also recovered identity cards of two vernacular newspapers from Sikander Singh.
According to the police investigation, the accused have duped about 12 educational institutions to the tune of ` 3 lakh. Rajinder is the mastermind of the gang and is master of philosophy and bachelor of education.
A case under sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 384 (punishment for extortion), 120-B (whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable with death, imprisonment) of the IPC has been registered against three at Phul police station.
“Rajinder had got the data of institutions about scholarships for scheduled caste students by the Central and state governments and used to visit the technical educational institutes to check the data of scholarships and then threaten these institutions by pointing out flaws or by promising to get released the remaining amount of scholarship and sought monetary benefits to avoid action against them,” said the superintendent of police.