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Fake army recruitment racket busted in Andhra Pradesh

April 21, 2010 03:00 IST
A clash between the locals and non locals and the arrest of 83 'fake' candidates in Warangal, has blown the lid off an organized racket involving some former army personnel to get the non locals recruited in to army on the basis of fake certificates.

Warangal district police, which is investigating the matter has arrested a former army man Kondal Reddy and his accomplice Rajeshwar Reddy and was searching for another ex-serviceman Yashpal Singh. These persons, acting as the recruitment consulting agents had provided fake residential certificates to the candidates from other states to participate in the recruitment rally at Warangal meant exclusively for the youth of the Telangana region.

Warangal district superintendent of police Shahnawaz Qasim told the reporters that the police have also arrested 83 outsiders, hailing from Rajasthan, Haryana and Bihar for attacking four policemen and also possessing fake residential certificates. All the arrested persons have been sent to judicial custody for 15 days.

Qasim said that interrogation of the arrested persons revealed that Yashpal Singh, who was running a army recruitment consultancy in Secunderabad had arranged fake certificates for the youth of other states showing them to be the residents of Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy districts in Telangana region. "These candidates paid Rs 10,000 each for the certificates. Yashpal Singh also extracted a promise from them that they will pay another Rs two lakh to him on getting selected".

While Yashpal sent 120 candidates to the recruitment rally in Warangal, another agent Kondal Reddy of Kadapa in Rayala Seema brought 30 candidates. The fishy goings on came to light when the local candidates from Telangana region objected to their presence saying the recruitment rally was meant exclusively for them. Despite the crack down and arrests of the non locals and agents, army authorities completed the process of recruitment as per the original schedule.

Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad