In a major crackdown on Thursday, the Moga police busted a gang of fraudsters duping unemployed youth on pretext of getting them jobs in the Indian army, police force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
The police arrested the kingpin of the gang, Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Nihal Singh Wala, and recovered army and police uniforms in huge quantities.
The gang was busted following a complaint by Baldev Singh, a resident of Macchi Ke, who contacted the accused to get his daughter Rajvir Kaur a job in the Indian army.
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Baldev in his complaint alleged that the accused demanded Rs 2 lakh from him and they paid the first installment of Rs 85,000 following which Rajvir was called to a hotel in Barnala. When they reached there, around 15 other youths including boys and girls were already present, and Kulwant Singh, one of the accomplices, started telling them fake stories about training and further procedures in army.
Baldev added that they also gave her daughter a uniform, army ID card and army recruitment documents. However they came to know about this fake recruitment when he again contacted the accused to get his nephew Tajinder Singh appointed and he demanded Rs 1.50 lakh.
SSP Moga J S Khaira told the media that two other accomplices Harpreet from Tapa Mandi and Rajvir from Barnala have been arrested and the gang duped more than 50 unemployed youths ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh each.
The accused were booked under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of IPC.
Among the huge cache of army uniforms recovered from the accused, includes 35 caps, 24 belts, 40 ITBP badges, 32 hats, 5 navy caps, 10 T-shirts, army coats, 15 Punjab police logos, 25 nameplates, army boots, star badges etc.