FIR filed against cheating in SRPF recruitment test

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 3 May 2018

The accused persons allegedly tampered with answer sheets and increased marks of 30 candidates to over 90 marks. Each candidate had paid between Rs five lakh to Rs 10 lakh for the purpose.

PUNE: After the Nanded police recruitment scam, a similar case has been reported by Pune-based State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) unit which has filed an FIR against five persons of a private firm for fudging the marks of candidates. 

The accused persons allegedly tampered with answer sheets and increased marks of 30 candidates to over 90 marks. Each candidate had paid between Rs five lakh to Rs 10 lakh for the purpose.  Based on the complaint from Police Inspector Nitikant Paradkar of SRPF Group 2, Wanawadi police station registered the case against ETH Limited’s Praveen Bhatkar, Shirish Bapusaheb Avdhoot, Swapnil Dilip Salunke, Bhushan Niranjanrao Deoulkar and Tejas Nemade.

The incident took place between March 12 and April 21 at Chaitraban Vishramgruh (officers club) on the SRPF campus in Ramtekdi. “There were written tests for recruitment of 83 constables. The company was given contract of providing OMR sheets and checking them. The physical tests of the candidates were held between March 12 and April 9,  Those who qualified appeared for the written tests held on the ground on April 21. We handed over the optical mark recognition (OMR) answer sheets to the five accused. The checked the answer sheets at Chaitraban Vishramgruh till 4 am on April 22 and handed us the result. We posted the results for the 3,730 candidates on the website. While checking the answer sheets of those who had scored very high marks, we learned that they had been tampered with,” Inspector Paradkar stated in his complaint. 

According to the police, the accused said that one PSI Pawar, who was posted to keep watch while answer sheets were being checked, was paid Rs two lakh per candidates. The candidates were asked not to answer questions by leaving most circles blank. Many candidates answered some questions while two of them left the answer sheet blank. “The accused persons themselves filled the circles in the answer sheets with the help of answer key and got the sheet scanned to declare the result,” a police officer told Sakal Times. 

SRPF TO HOLD RETEST
SRPF IG Sureshkumar Mekla said, “After Nanded police busted the recruitment scam where the same company was involved, we checked the answer sheets and also contacted the Nanded police for details. Based on our internal inquiry, we have filed FIR. Now, we will reconduct the test. The candidates will be informed about the date.”

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