Job racket: Assam Rifles officer held

A Deputy Commandant of Assam Rifles has been arrested and charged with cheating several people of crores of rupees by promising them jobs in the Army and the Health Ministry.

Police said Kam Dev Das (45), who had been evading arrest for a year, was arrested when he came to the Saket court complex. A woman who is said to be the brain behind the job racket, Archana Sinha, was arrested on October 5, 2011. The third member of the team, Ravinder Chauhan, had been arrested on September 30, 2011.

"Das, a resident of Deoghar in Jharkhand, was arrested for running a fake job racket with the help of Archana Sinha, a resident of Jorhat in Assam, and Ravinder Chauhan, a resident of Gwalior. After the arrest of Sinha and Chauhan, 21 fake seals or stamps of Assam Rifles and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, along with 200 provisional appointment letters, were recovered," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) S B S Tyagi said.

A case was registered in 2011 when Delhi Police first received the complaint that one Major Ravinder Chauhan had duped 38 villagers of more than Rs 1 crore.

Police said Chauhan was arrested from Nizamuddin railway station. During questioning, he admitted that he impersonated as a Major. After he named Sinha, she was also arrested.

Sinha told police about Das and said he worked with the Assam Rifles. The authorities at Assam Rifles sent notice to Das, asking him to join investigations. But he did not report to the Crime Branch and was missing till his arrest in Saket, police said.

Police said Sinha had agents in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, MP, UP, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland. The agents would lure job seekers and collect Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 lakh as advance from each candidate.

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