Bolangir: A special team of Bolangir police busted an interstate fake certificate racket during a raid at a coaching centre Reliance Education Complex on Bolangir-Patnagarh road, Saturday.
Fake certificates, marksheets, official seals, stamps of various education institutions in the country, printer colours, printers, Xerox machines, computer hard disc, diary, cash worth `3 lakh, letters written to various universities and education officers, several photographs and documents were seized from the coaching centre. Police also detained the director Manoj Mishra and his associate Alok Udgata and eight other persons and are questioning them in this connection.
The raid took place after the certificates of 37 candidates applying for various posts in Bolangir postal division were found fake during preliminary verification. The postal superintendent lodged a complaint at the Town police station. Bolangir SP Nitin Kushalkar formed a special team and directed them to conduct an investigation into the allegations. During probe, it was found that one Rajesh Chouhan of Uttar Pradesh is the mastermind of the racket and has its network in various districts and states.
SDPO Tofan Bag said a special team was formed as per the instruction of Bolangir SP after the postal department officials approached us after suspecting the authenticity of certificates produced by 37 job aspirants. Further investigations are on, the SDPO said.
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