Forgery robs wannabe cops of nuptial ties

Rajesh Kumar, a native of Nawada district, was pleading repeatedly before senior police officers and requesting them not to send him to jail. Or, else, he would end up a bachelor.

By Ramashankar in Patna
  • Published 4.06.15
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Patna, June 3: Rajesh Kumar, a native of Nawada district, was pleading repeatedly before senior police officers and requesting them not to send him to jail. Or, else, he would end up a bachelor.

Rajesh's name figured among the successful candidates selected for the post of constable in the state police force. However, he was arrested and forwarded to Beur central jail in Patna yesterday on the charges of impersonation and forgery.

A resident of Bhalua village in Nawada, Rakesh was summoned at the camp office of the Central Selection Board of Constable (CSBC), Bihar, on Tuesday on the pretext of providing him appointment letter to become a member of the state police force.

On his arrival, Rajesh, to his utter surprise, was taken into custody and handed over to the Gardanibagh police in the capital.

As soon as he learnt about the charges against him, he burst into tears and said: "Sir, this will certainly affect negotiations for my marriage."

Rajesh's family had received marriage proposal last month after he successfully cleared physical fitness test and scrutiny of documents for appointment of constable. His family had been offered a good amount as dowry for marriage.

"They (would be groom's family) will break the ties after learning about my arrest," an additional superintendent of police-rank officer quoted Rajesh as saying.

Similar is the case of Raj Kumar Ram, a resident of Lalpur village in Jamui district. Ram's marriage was scheduled to be solemnised on June 5. He was, however, arrested and sent to jail on Monday, only four days ahead of his wedding. The marriage was finalised after he had cleared both written and physical test, paving the way for their appointment in the 80,000 and odd state police force.

Sources said both the prospective bridegrooms' families would have fetched anything between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh as dowry depending on their economic conditions and the castes they belonged to.

Both Rajesh and Raj Kumar apprehended that their wedding would not be solemnised in the wake of fresh development.

Shiekh Javed of Kaimur and Vishal Kumar of Gaya were among six candidates apprehended on similar charges during the final round of scrutiny of documents furnished by the successful candidates at the recruitment board's camp office.

A DSP-rank officer, who was present during the scrutiny of the certificates, said several women candidates started crying before the senior police officers after telling them that their marriage had been finalised on the basis of their selection on the post of the police constable.

Director general-cum-chairman of the CSBC Sunit Kumar had earlier said around 2,000 candidates were arrested during physical test and verification of the certificates at two centres - Patliputra Sports Complex (Kankerbagh) and Gardanibagh Inter College (Gardaniabgh). "We have adopted multiple layered scrutiny system. So it is very difficult for candidates to dupe the officers assigned to conduct the physical fitness and verification test," Sunit had revealed.

The sources said the government had advertised for recruitment to 11,783 posts of constables for 2014-15, of which 35 per cent were reserved for woman candidates. About 52,000 were selected for the physical fitness test and verification of documents, which were held from March 16 to 28 in Patna.