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`IPS-select' lands in jail

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, OCT. 10. She dreamt of becoming an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer but ended up behind bars.

M. Malathi, a native of Tamil Nadu, who approached the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy at Rajendranagar here to secure admission using fake IPS selection documents landed in police custody.

According to the police, Malathi (26), along with her father Maran, an ex-serviceman, arrived in the city on Friday and headed straight to NPA. She met the Deputy Director of NPA, Venugopal, and told him that she was selected for the services and furnished the `related' documents.

Fake documents

The documents, which appeared to be computer printouts, were those of prelims, main, viva-voce and another paper in which it was stated that she was asked to report to NPA.

She also told the officers that a news item was published in a local Tamil newspaper about her `success story' and even produced a copy of the article. "Even a five-year-old can make out that the papers are not genuine," said a police official.

Upon close scrutiny of the documents, Mr. Venugopal smelt the rat and made out that the documents were bogus. He called up the Rajendranagar police who took her into custody.

During interrogation, she told the police that she was a police constable at her native Malayandaihaalli village in Krishnagiri district. However, later, the police confirmed that she wasn't even a constable.

Father duped?

Malathi reportedly told the police that she had spent "several thousands of rupees" for the fake papers. The police are interrogating her further to learn how she managed to get the documents.

They said that the woman's father retired as a `Hawaldaar' in the Army. "It appears that he was not in the knowledge of what his daughter was up to. He simply accompanied Malathi to Hyderabad on her request after she convinced him that she was indeed selected," a police official said adding that the matter was still under investigation. Maran has three children of which Malathi is the eldest.

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