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Jawan-to-be held with dummy

Asansol, Nov. 13: When an overweight candidate for a Railway Protection Force recruitment test here turned slim within hours of reporting for the exam, the authorities smelt a rat.

The RPF arrested both Ram Shankar Joshi of Munger in Bihar and his stand-in, Pintu Kumar of Bhagalpur.

Joshi resorted to the substitution when, after being called for the test for a jawan’s post, he realised he could not run the obligatory 1,500 metres at the Railway Stadium here, 200 km from Calcutta. So he paid athlete Kumar Rs 9,000 in advance and promised Rs 3,000 more.

Anup Srivastav, chairman of the force’s recruitment board, noticed Joshi’s absence and his conversion into a slim man. The duo was then arrested and an FIR lodged.

Hunt for engineer

Coal India chairman Laxmi Chand will arrive at the Eastern Coalfields headquarters in Sanktoria from Delhi tomorrow to meet senior officials over an engineer’s abduction. Ramkrishnan Saini, employed at the Rajmahal project in Jharkhand, was kidnapped two days ago.

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