The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police arrested three men earlier this week for allegedly posing as Central Industrial Security Force personnel and duping people on the pretext of employing them in the force.
They even created a fake CISF website, where they uploaded a list of “selected” candidates and would hand over fake appointment letters to them, the police said.
The total amount siphoned off by the trio is estimated to be between Rs.40 lakh and 50 lakh. Among the 40 victims is national-level female boxer from Chandigarh Shiv Kumari, on whose complaint the EOW started investigating the matter.
“The boxer was promised a job through direct recruitment against sports quota. She paid a sum of Rs.1 lakh to the accused during a meeting at the New Delhi Railway Station waiting room,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Sandeep Goyal.
After the payment, Ms. Kumari was purportedly assured of her appointment when her name featured on the fake website the accused had created.
Further, assurance came in the form of a fake appointment letter telling her to join the CISF National Training Centre in Hyderabad.
However, she was told the said letter was fake when she reached Hyderabad. She then approached the CISF Headquarters in Delhi, who referred her to the EOW unit of the Delhi Police
The police accessed the CCTV footage of the waiting room and found that all three accused were holding wireless sets.
This, along with other details such as the registration information of the car the accused travelled in and the mobile phones they used helped to establish their identities as Baljeet Singh (59), Jaswant Singh (42) and Parvinder Singh (36).
Jaswant and Baljeet were arrested on July 18, while Parvinder was arrested two days later outside a metro station. Enquiries revealed that Jaswant had worked in the CISF as a driver some years ago.
“During interrogation, the accused told us that they usually picked up victims while travelling in trains. They carried walky-talkies, fake ID cards and also wore CISF uniforms while travelling in trains so as to convince the victims, mostly unemployed youths from rural areas,” said Mr. Goel.