Another scam? Non-locals in Army recruitment in AP
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 17:52
  
Hyderabad: In what may be a scam relating to Army recruitment, many "non-local" youths from other states tried to get through the selection process by submitting fake domicile certificates in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.

"We have information that candidates from Haryana, Rajasthan and some other states procured false domicile certificates from Ranga Reddy district and cleared the physical tests yesterday and they were supposed to undergo medical tests today," SP (Warangal) Syed Shah Nawaz Qasim said over phone.

A senior Army officer said, "If youths have domicile certificates from here and academic certificates from any part of the country, we (Army) cannot reject their application. However, once we complete the process, we verify the documents by sending them to police and revenue officials of districts concerned."

The fraud came to light when police at Hanamkonda in Warangal, where the recruitment rally is going on since last Tuesday, arrested youths from Harayana and Rajasthan, after they attacked local candidates and police, the SP said.

A police inspector and two constables were attacked with rods late last night leaving them seriously injured. They were taken to a hospital in Warangal and under observation in ICU. Many locals were also injured in the attack, he said.

So far, 60 youths were arrested and booked on charges of attempt to murder, rioting and cheating, Qasim said.

The recruitment drive is for youths from nine districts of Telangana region. Non-local candidates, who were lodged at a private hostel at Hanamkonda, entered into an altercation with local youths after they objected to the presence of candidates from other states, including those from Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala among others.

Police on verification found that non-local youths had made their way into the recruitment, the SP said.

"It seems to be a well-orchestrated scandal relating to Army recruitment. Based on preliminary investigation it has been found that one retired Army officer who had collected huge amounts from non-local youths had provided them with false documents and had instigated them for attacking police," the SP said.

"The retired Army officer (whose name is not revealed) is absconding after the incident. Investigations are on to verify how many non-local youths had turned up in the recruitment," Qasim said.

The Zonal Army Recruitment Office in Secunderabad is conducting recruitment rally from April 14 to 19 for youths of Warangal, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Medak districts of Telangana region.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 17:52


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