Had provided samples of appointment letters, seals to the alleged mastermind

A 45-year-old doctor posted as a deputy commandant with the Assam Rifles has been arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for alleged involved in a fake job racket. The accused had been evading arrest for the past one year.

About a year ago, the police received a complaint alleging that one Major Ravinder Chauhan, a resident of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, had cheated several persons of over Rs.1 crore on the pretext of getting them jobs in the Assam Rifles and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Acting on a tip-off, the police earlier arrested the accused and at his instance, alleged mastermind Archana Sinha, from whom they seized fake stamps, seals and forged provisional appointment letters of Assam Rifles and Health and Family Welfare Ministry, besides a list of about 2,000 prospective candidates.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) S.B.S. Tyagi said the accused disclosed the name of her another accomplice Dr. K. D. Das of the Assam Rifles. “He was sent by the Assam Rifles to join the probe, but he never turned up. He has been absent from duty since then,” he said.

Dr. Das was finally arrested on Wednesday near the Saket Courts complex. At the purported behest of Dr. Das, Ms. Sinha had appointed her agents in Delhi and other States including Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland, to trap job seekers. The agents would collect Rs.25,000 to Rs.1 lakh per head in advance. The candidates would then be brought to Guwahati or Jorhat where Dr. Das would conduct medical examinations. They would also be made to sign blank answer sheets and sent back on the promise that they would get their appointment letters soon.

The police alleged that Dr. Das had provided to Ms. Sinha samples of the Assam Rifles’ appointment letters besides sample seals, stamps and specimen signatures of the appointing authority. She allegedly forged the letters using their photocopies as baits to collect more money from the victims. Dr. Das allegedly got his share of Rs.40,000 per candidate.

The accused persons would make part re-payment to some candidates to evade legal action. “Dr. Das, a pass out from a Bihar medical college, had joined the Assam Rifles in 2003 as a medical officer. While posted at recruitment centres, he met some touts, including Archana Sinha who allegedly roped him in.

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