Impersonating army colonel, his associates arrested for running recruitment racket: CB Jammu
Srinagar, May 24: The crime branch Jammu on Friday arrested a man impersonating as an army colonel for luring the unemployed youth and issuing them fake appointment orders.
The fake Colonel- Kulwinder Singh, son of Karnail Singh, a resident of Deharan Akhnoor Road near Mishriwala Jammu.
The Crime Branch, Jammu spokesman in a statement said that a written complaint lodged by one Mohinder Kumar, son of Anek Ram, a resident of Shamachak (Jhiri) Jammu and others was received in Crime Branch, Jammu, alleging therein that Kulwinder Singh, son of Karnail Singh, a resident of Deharan Akhnoor Road near Mishriwala Jammu- a dismissed Army personnel, lures unemployed.
The complainant said that Singh who is impersonating himself as Army Colonel collects huge amounts ranging from two to five lacs for recruiting them in Indian Army and has issued fake appointment orders in favour of various gullible youths after taking huge amounts from them by means and cheated them.
Initially, he had opened his office at Paloura Jammu, then shifted Muthi, Camp and presently operating from Muthi as well as from Janipur.
The said accused used to wear Army officer’s uniform (Colonel Rank) to cheat the youths so as to pose himself an Army officer and has also kept a Laptop for preparing fake orders in connivance with (1) Vishal Bhagat R/o Dream City (2) Sahil Sharma R/o Janipur Press Wali Gali (3) Ricky Chib stepbrother of the accused who lured various youths and have taken huge amounts from them by making false promises of appointing them in Indian Army by well knitted rackets of cheaters thereby causing wrongful gain for themselves and huge losses to innocent youths.
The accused has threatened complainants of dire consequences and have taken Rs 25.00 lacs from him by inducement, as he came to his house in Army Officer’s uniform and told that being an Army Officer he can get the complainant and his brother appointed in the Indian Army. It is further alleged that the accused also went to complainant’s house in the year 2018 and thereafter taking money kept the complainant as a cook in his house for more than five months, but paid no pay to him, neither returned his money etc.
Items recovered from Kulwinder Singh, son of Karnail Singh, a resident of Deharan Akhnoor Road near Mishriwala Jammu, by Crime Branch Jammu
On receipt of this complaint, a preliminary verification was conducted by Crime Branch, Jammu and on the basis of verification, it was prima facie found that Kulwinder Singh in connivance with Vishal Bhagat, Sahil Sharma and Ricky Chib is indulging in luring the youths by inducement and provides them fake order after receiving huge amounts from them by fraudulent means.
It was also revealed that the self style and impersonating army Colonel had spread rumours that the area of his location has been given under his charge by the Indian army for recruitment purpose and has also issued Identity Cards to many unemployed youths on the pretext of recruitment in Indian Army and has extorted huge money from them fraudulently.
Accordingly, a case FIR No. 28/2019 u/s 420, 467, 468, 471, 170, 171, 120-B RPC was registered at P/S Crime Branch, Jammu against the above mentioned accused persons. A team of officers Inspector Arun Kotwal and Inspector Mashkoor Giri headed by Bhushan Kumar Ganjoo DySP, Crime Branch Jammu was constituted to the investigation of the case expeditiously.
The Crime Branch team conducted raid at the rental residence cum office of accused Kulwinder Singh and recovered/seized incriminating materials including Army uniform with stars, medals, Laptop, mobiles, Army Recruitment records etc. The said accused along with his associated namely (1) Vishal Bhagat R/o Dream City (2) Sahil Sharma R/o Janipur Press Wali Gali (3) Ricky Chib were arrested. The arrest was affected on 24 05 2019 under the supervision of Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, and Jammu Mushtaq Ahmed. The accused persons are being interrogated to ascertain the whole gamut of racket and other aspects relating to the crime. The investigation of the case is on progress.