Bogus recruitment racket in AMC busted; police complaints against 12 youths

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: March 4, 2021 09:35 PM2021-03-04T21:35:02+5:302021-03-04T21:35:02+5:30

Aurangabad, March 4: The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) administrator A K Pandey has foiled a plan of recruiting 12 ...

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Bogus recruitment racket in AMC busted; police complaints against 12 youths

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Aurangabad, March 4:

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) administrator A K Pandey has foiled a plan of recruiting 12 youths in the Fire Brigade Section through bogus appointment letters. Acting upon his orders, the acting chief fire officer (CFO) has lodged a complaint against 12 youths at City Chowk police station today.

The CFO, R K Sure, in his complaint, stated that bogus letterheads are prepared in the name of AMC along with the forging of the signatures of the municipal commissioner upon them. The appointment letters to 12 youths were given on these bogus AMC's letterheads and the civic chief's signatures on each of them. The fake letter intimates them about their appointments in the AMC's fire brigade section. The outward-inward register number mentioned in the letters is also fake.

It so happened that Pandey came to know about the racket through social media message received from him on his cellphone on Thursday. He immediately took the cognizance and ordered to lodge the complaint.

The Scam

It may be noted that there are many private institutes in the city which conducts various short term courses relating to Fire Services. Hence, one such institute seemed to have lured its candidates into getting them a job in AMC. Hence the bogus appointment letters were issued to 12 youths. The appointment letter is also enclosed with a letter mentioning the Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court in bold letters. This letter also bears signatures of the court clerk and other officers. The letter is addressed to one Nikita Narayan Ghodke, stating to join the waiting list of candidates at Maharashtra Fire Services under AMC. The signatures on this letter are also false, stated Sure in his police complaint.

Oath ceremony at the district collectorate

There is one more bogus letterhead of AMC bearing the signature of the municipal commissioner. The letter is addressed to the CFO, R K Sure, mentioning the conduct of the oath-taking ceremony of these new recruits at the district collectorate on February 15 at 11 am. It also mentioned that the urban development minister Eknath Shinde, Director (Maharashtra Fire Service) Prabhat Rahangadale, veteran trainer K R Hatyal, municipal commissioner A K Pandey and district collector Sunil Chavan would remain present on occasion. The signatures made on all the 3-4 letters are bogus, stated the complaint adding that one candidate was issued an identity card with the designation of a Station Officer.

Complaint against 12 candidates

The complaint has been lodged against 12 candidates. They are Umesh Pramodrao Chavan, Nikita Narayan Ghodke, Rohan Shivaji Jadhav, Sopan Uttam Khandebharad, Nitin Dnyaneshwar Mahalkar, Sachin Dnyaneshwar Mahalkar, Shubhangi Vinod Chavan, Pratik Pramod Chavan, Vaibhavni Dattatray Chaubey, Vishal Ram Tayade, Mrunal Chandrakant Tayade and Omkar Sanjayrao Joshi. They have been booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of IPC.

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