The district police have arrested a man and booked his accomplice for duping applicants of ongoing recruitment for Punjab police constables by charging money from them on an assurance to get them recruited, here on Saturday.
Superintendent of police (headquarters) Nanak Singh stated that accused Sharandeep Singh, resident of Kothe Inder Singh Wala under Nehianwala police station has been nabbed while his accomplice Satpal Singh, resident of Faridkot district is yet to be arrested.
He said that accused used to allure constables by claiming to have relations with senior police officers which can facilitate their recruitments in the police, and took money from them.
“Accused had fixed rate of Rs 7.5 lakh per candidate and took advance money worth Rs 8.50 lakh from seven applicants of Bathinda and nearby area. Rs 50, 000 have been recovered from arrested accused while rest of money is with accused Satpal Singh who is absconding,” said Singh, adding that police will also be questioning those who paid the accused.
Accused Sharandeep is pursuing diploma in physical education from Khalsa College in Patiala while Satpal has done Master of Arts (music). Satpal’s father is also serving as an assistant sub-inspector in Punjab police and is posted in Patiala. Singh said that searches are being conducted to nab the absconding accused. “We are interrogating the Sharandeep to know about the claims of links with police officials and anybody found involved will not be spared,” he added.