Pune police arrest 5 more in Army recruitment racket

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PUNE: Five more persons have been arrested and one more first information report (FIR) registered in connection with the Army recruitment paper leak case, said an official statement on Monday.

Earlier, three persons including two ex-Army personnel were arrested for allegedly running an army recruitment racket in Pune district.

The accused have been identified as Kishore Mahadev Giri (40), resident of Lakde Nagar, Malegaon, Baramati; Madhav Sheshrao Gitte (38), Gopal Yuvraj Koli (31), Uday Dattu Avati (23), Ali Akhtar Khan (47), Azad Lal Mohammad Khan (37) and Mahindra Chandrabhan Sonawane (37).

So far eight accused have been arrested in the paper leak case and two different FIRs have been registered with Pune city police. Officials suspect the involvement of more people in this case and are likely to make more arrests in the matter.

Working on specific intelligence inputs, the Southern Command Liaison Unit of the Military Intelligence and the Crime Branch of Pune City Police had conducted raids at several places in Pune district on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, and recovered a question paper for the common entrance exam (CEE) for recruitment of soldier (general duty), indicating a possible leak.

After Army authorities confirmed that the question paper was for the CEE, the examination scheduled to be held on Sunday at nearly 50 locations across India was cancelled.

The police said that the accused had promised recruitment in the Army to those appearing for exams and had asked them to pay ₹2 lakh to ₹3 lakh for leaked paper.

A case has been registered against all the accused under relevant sections and further investigation is underway.

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