A serving district police chief in Punjab had himself declared ‘killed in terrorist action’ so that his daughter could avail of the quota set aside for martyrs’ kin, when she applied for an MBBS programme.
The officer in question, Rajjit Singh Hundal, is the Tarn Taran SSP.
The certificate issued by the office of Hoshiarpur deputy commissioner Varun Roojam in June this year reads thus: “Certified that Sh. Rajjit Singh son of Sh. Ajit Singh is father of Ms Sukhmani Hundal who was killed in terrorist action in Punjab during terrorist operation of security forces acting in aid or civil power.”
Admission norms mentioned in the prospectus of the university stipulate that 2% seats will be reserved for the “wards of terrorism/riot affected persons”.
When Sukhmani applied for the MBBS programme offered by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, she produced this certificate.
According to BFUHS sources, the fraud came to light during the scrutiny of Sukhmani’s documents, part of the routine admission procedure. The Hoshiarpur DC whose name was on the fake certificate was also alerted.
“We are withdrawing the certificate immediately. I am issuing orders for its withdrawal,’’ said Roojam. But when asked who was responsible for it, he only said it seemed to be a clerical error. “I will take action against those guilty,” he assured.
When HT got in touch with Hundal, he blamed the university.
He said he had never declared himself dead, only claimed that he was from a terrorist-affected family as his mother and sister were killed by terrorists in 1991, but the university had misunderstood him.