The Mohali Police on Saturday busted a gang involved in providing fake degrees and certificates to students and youngsters to get admissions in colleges.
The three accused were identified as Raj Kumar alias Raju, a resident from Dabwali kalan village, Sanjay Kumar alias Sonu, a resident of Baltana and Chander Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur. The police have recovered as many as 400 degrees, Rs 90,000 in cash, one computer, three laptops, one printer-scanner and other documents from the accused.
At a press conference held at PCA Stadium in Mohali, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the raid was conducted by Inspector Mahesh Kumar, SHO, Mataur police station on receiving a tip off that the accused were allegedly planning to carry out the crime from Phase 7 Mohali and Zirakpur.
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The accused used to allegedly lure school students by offering them fake Class 12 certificates with increased marks and pass percentage, so that they can easily secure admissions in universities and get jobs in police and other departments.
“We have sent the recovered laptops and computers for forensic examination in order to gain more information about the stored data. Appointment letters related to jobs in Indian Railways, clerical posts and Food Corporation of India (FCI) have also been recovered,” said SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar. The accused, after establishing contacts in Delhi, started cheating people on the basis of securing them jobs in railways and charging
Rs 20,000 for that and also taking money for increasing the merit for Punjab Police recruitment .
The police have not ruled out the alleged involvement of the employees of schools and universities whose names were on the certificates, as they have also recovered stamps from the accused. “We have also contacted the Delhi Police to get more information about the accused,” said the SSP.
The recovered fake certificates are those of various universities including Panjab University, Manav Bharti University (Himachal Pradesh), Monad University (UP), Bundelkhand University (UP) and education boards including Council for Indian school certificate examinations (CISCE), CBSE Delhi, Council of Basic and Technical education, Delhi and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).
According to the police, the prime accused, Raj Kumar made fake certificates from Baba Khushdil Institute in 2009 for the first time. Later, he was asked to bring more such children. They used to charge Rs 12,000 per certificate from each child. After shifting to Mohali, he came in contact with Sanjay Kumar who was already in the crime of making fake educational degrees.
A large number of students, who were either unemployed, or failed to qualify examinations, would approach these accused to avail fake certificates.