Reported by Simanchal Pattnaik
Phulbani, Jan 13:
Five persons were arrested by the Kandhamal police on charges of securing fake caste certificates by allegedly furnishing false documents and information.
Retired Crafts teacher Debendra Pradhan and his daughter Raisa Pradhan who works as an assistant teacher, were arrested from Kanikuti Kalinga village under G Udaygiri police station for occupying government jobs by producing fake caste certificates, sources in the G Udaygiri police said.
The Daringbadi police arrested three brothers- Ispan Mallik, Alexa Mallik and Kameswar Mallik – from Dakebadi village for a similar offence, police sources said.
The issue of fake caste certificates has been one of the major reasons behind the bitter conflict between the tribal and non- tribals in Kandhamal for years.