Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh, June 23:
Bargarh police have busted a fake educational certificate racket operating in the district and arrested three persons including two students who had allegedly used forge documents to get admission in a college.
Reports said the police were tipped off by the principal of Panchayat College who informed them about ‘doubtful’ certificates submitted by some students for admission into +2 courses.
According to reports the principal of the college Dr. Pandav Behera had great doubts about the authenticity of some certificates issued by the Uttar Pradesh Board and informed the matter to the police asking them to inquire into these fake certificates.
The police took up the matter for inquiry and cracked the case.
“We have arrested Sarat Kumar Rath who allegedly provided the fake certificates and also two students, Tilak Rout and Umesh Sahu, who used these documents for illegitimate advantage,” the SDPO Amarendra Rana said.
Police conducted raids on the house of Rath, seized computers, scanner and other incriminating documents and arrested him. He has been booked under sections of 420, 468, 471 and 120 (b) of IPC.
It is suspected that Mr Rath was running the racket for last two years.
Sources said more such cases are likely to surface as certificates submitted by at least nine students had come under the scanner.
During interrogation, the two arrested students admitted that they had procured the fake certificates from Rath by paying Rs 12,000 each.
Rath was allegedly running the racket for last two years, sources said.
The SDPO said efforts are on to ascertain how many other students have availed the forged certificates.