A serving Army jawan and two others were arrested for allegedly running a racket for recruitment into the Army, during a joint operation by the Southern Command Liaison Unit (SCLU) of the Military Intelligence and Pune City Police.
According to investigators, a probe shows that the accused, in exchange for money, promised aspiring candidates that they would be selected into the Army through Common Entrance Exam (CEE) held at the Army Institute of Physical Training (AIPT) campus in Pune on Sunday. The physical examination for the recruitment process was held in February, while the written examination, CEE, was delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions and was scheduled on Sunday.
Explaining the modus operandi of the accused, an official said they took original documents from the candidates, assuring them of being selected and were planning to take money from those who would get chosen.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Bachchan Singh said, “We received information from military authorities about a recruitment scam during the exam, held on the AIPT campus. Acting jointly with the military intelligence team, officers from Unit 2 and 5 of the Crime Branch detained the suspects, Jaidev Singh Parihar and Vensingh Lalsingh Rawat, and interrogated them. The suspects had promised jobs to 17 aspirants and had also roped in one, Ravindra Rathod, to tutor them. They had confiscated the documents of the aspirants and had planned to take Rs 1.5 lakh from each successful student.” Singh added that the three were arrested, and that Parihar was a serving jawan of Havildar rank and Rawat, who is originally from Rajasthan acted as an agent.
Officials said the accused rented two flats at Lohegaon in Pune and began tapping candidates when they started coming to Pune to collect their hall tickets in September and October at the Zonal Recruitment office of the Army. While some of the candidates would have eventually gotten selected, the racketeer kept the original documents in their custody and were only going to return when the selected candidate paid them the money.
A case was registered at Wanawadi police station in Pune. Singh also said the accused might be involved in other recruitments as well, and that police were probing the role of others in the scam.
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