The Chandigarh Police arrested a constable, a cyber cafe owner and a senior accountant posted at the Punjab Accountant General’s office for allegedly cheating in the upcoming recruitment of Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI)s in the force.
The written tests for recruitment of 49 Assistant Sub Inspectors in the force is scheduled to be held on December 18.
The police identified the accused as senior accountant Hardeep Singh of Sector 41, cyber cafe owner Chander Kant of Mani Majra and constable Naresh Kumar, who is posted at Sector 36 police station.
The Department of University Institute Of Applied Management Sciences, Panjab University (PU), was given the task of scrutinising the applications.
The authorities found 122 duplications have been found in applications that were filed during scrutiny. The department’s chief coordinator, PK Sharma filed a complaint with plice.
A total 15,802 applications were received for the 49 posts.
The police stated that the accused uploaded multiple applications with different particulars for the upcoming exam. Kant’s email id and computer system was used for filling and uploading two forms.
According to the police, constable Naresh Kumar had filed two forms for the ASI recruitment exams. He filed one form with all correct particulars like name, age, educational qualifications, residential address. In the second form, Naresh filled up all the correct information except his educational qualification and attached the picture of Hardeep Singh, instead of his own.
The police added that Hardeep Singh was also involved in the planning. The cyber cafe owner, Chander Kant, was aware about these wrong doings. He assisted them by allowing them to use his email id etc.
The police also learnt that Hardeep has once before been arrested in a recruitment-related case.
The constable Naresh Kumar and Hardeep had known each other for the last two years and were both natives of Jind district in Haryana.
Not only the three accused, the investigation revealed that some candidates had filed more than one form because they had filed the first form wrong.
The police have decided to beef security during the examination. The police will install jammers with strong frequencies to block mobile and Bluetooth signals around the examination centres. The candidates will be issued a detailed advisory about the objects that they can bring and or not on the day of examination, police added.
After a gap of 13 years, Chandigarh Police had advertised for vacancies on 49 posts of ASIs — 16 posts for women, 27 for men and six for former Army personnel.