Sunday, September 22, 2019

One more soldier held in Army job scam case


PUNE: A soldier was arrested for aiding an army recruitment scam in Satara district in March. The arrested soldier, Devender Singh, was posted at a category ‘A’ training establishment of the Indian Army in Wanowrie. The Satara district court sent him to police custody till September 24.

Singh is originally from the Defence Security Corps (DSC) of the Southern Command. The main role of the corps is to provide security personnel to the defence establishments. Investigating officer, inspector Vijay Kumbhar of the crime branch of the Satara police, said, “The soldier had taken Rs 50,000 from one of the aspirants under the pretext of giving a job in the mess of the training establishment. In fact, he worked there for five days illegally. When he came to know from other employees at the mess that his job was temporary, he left.”

Kumbhar said, “Based on the statement given by the complainant, we conducted a panchanama at the mess, recorded statements of the employees and verified the facts. The soldier had filed an application in the Bombay high court for anticipatory bail, but it was rejected. Subsequently, he was arrested.”

The police have so far arrested six people, including two serving soldiers, posted at the Southern Command’s Military Hospital (SCMH). “Singh, along with the other arrested soldiers, ran fake recruitment racket,” said Kumbhar.

The role of another havildar, currently attached with the Military Hospital Central Command in Lucknow has been established in the case. “We have submitted a report regarding his role to the commandant of the hospital and sought his arrest,” said Kumbhar. About 35 aspirants, mainly from rural areas of Satara district, have so far approached the police regarding the job scam.

Southern Command authorities said they were getting details of the matter from the police, said a senior army officer, “The army’s recruitment is conducted through a proper procedure. We urge aspirants to not fall prey to tricks of touts.”


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