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Lessons to learn for sleuths


SI recruitment scam shows the Police Department needs to tighten loopholes, writes MARRI RAMU


Whenever certain type of crimes such as burglaries by removing grills of windows or thefts by distracting the attention of people are reported, police officials issue advisories how not to fall prey to the offenders again.

Interestingly, it is the turn of the police to learn lessons from an offence – the recently busted scam in recruitment of police Sub-Inspectors and constables. The sleuths of Crime Investigation Department had recently arrested five police Sub-Inspectors and five others, including four impersonators, in the recruitment fraud.

From the selection of impostors to write the exam to morphing of photographs, the fraudsters adopted a modus operandi unheard of in the recent past.

The scam was mostly confined to Nalgonda district. After identifying the candidates ready to pay money for getting help in cracking the selection exams, the fraudsters selected impostors who have some close facial features to the candidates. This was the first step.

Then, they collected photographs of the impostor and the candidate who has some features akin to the former. With the help of a photo studio owner, they got the two pictures morphed using a computer. The morphed photograph looks like that of the impostor and the same was pasted on the application, attendance sheet and answer sheet.

The imposter wrote the exam. Unlike earlier recruitment tests, there was no interview system, and this turned out to be advantageous for the impostors. Based on the marks, appointment letters were sent to the addresses of the candidates.

Carrying the appointment letters, the candidates went to the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy, completed training, and joined service in the department.

No crosschecking

Though the Special Branch unit of the Nalgonda district inquired about the antecedents of the candidates, the procedure did not involve crosschecking of photographs. At the time of joining the APPA for training, the verification of photos on the application forms and those of the candidates was not done.

CID officials opine these lapses helped the fraudsters carry out their scam successfully. The scam would not have come to light forever but for the arrest of some brokers for collecting money from some candidates appearing for police constable tests.

Investigation revealed that fraud was committed not only in the constable selection exams but also in that of SI selections.

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