TC Bureau CHANDIGARH: In yet another recruitment scam in the state, the Haryana police have booked 417 candidates who used impersonators for written examination held for recruitment of general duty constables in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in August. The Sonipat police has already arrested 14 accused, including some candidates and a middleman, Jagbir Singh, who is a government teacher posted in Bhageshwari village of Charkhi Dadri district. Jagbir, who allegedly confessed to have brokered impersonation deals with a number of candidates, was arrested on September 26 and the court remanded him to judicial custody on Friday.
Investigating officer Ranbir Singh said the cops are conducting raids at residences of some 10-12 accused, including candidates, impersonators and middlemen. “This is a huge racket and the number of accused in the case could even touch 1,000. We have booked 417 candidates, who had struck deals through middlemen, who then arranged the impersonators. Rest, the number of co-accused who were middlemen may be quite high,” said Ranbir. In November 2018, the CRPF Group Centre in Sonipat, initiated process for recruitment of general duty constables. In March 2019, it organized a written test which was conducted all over Haryana.
The candidates who passed written test were called to its Khewda camp in Sonipat training centre for the physical examination and test. “It was during the physical examination of the candidates the scam was un earthed on August 28. Four persons were found to have problem with their biometric attendance — their details did not match with the candidates who appeared for the written test. As they could not give any satisfactory answer, the CRPF authorities handed them over to us and lodged a formal complaint,” said IO Ranbir Singh.
During the course of investigation, 413 more such candidates were identified after their biometric attendance for the two tests did not match. “Later, we retrieved their record of written examination and this confirmed the scam,” the IO added. Investigation revealed that the candidates who struck deals and middlemen in the scam hailed from all over Haryana, largely from Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Rohtak, Sonipat Jhajjar and Jind districts. The candidates paid above Rs 6 lakh for their impersonators. The middlemen had assured them help in getting them to clear the written examination but the remaining recruitment steps had to be cleared by the candidates themselves.