Kohima: Three persons were arrested by the Nagaland police on Thursday after the state’s CID team busted a well-organised racket involved in manufacturing fake marksheets and educational certificates, including the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC).
The racket’s crime was commissioned by IT professionals based in Guwahati, Assam, the police said.
The matter was first reported to the police by the Chairman of Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), who alleged that marksheets and other educational certificates sent to NBSE for verification by various technical institutes from Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka were found to be fake.
Those arrested have been identified as Mohbubur Rashid Choudhury alias Manoj Das, Rahul Sen alias Rajat yadav, and Jinna Razzakul Alom alias Mitul Alom. The arrests were made from various locations in Assam after a month of reconnaissance and surveillance, the police said.
Recoveries have led the police to incriminating documents and evidence, including fake marksheets, seals of high ranking officials of the NBSE, cash, laptops and various electronic equipment that used in the commission of crime.
Operating under the name ‘Career Today Nagaland’ and ‘Edumart Naga,’ the gang members impersonated themselves as Director or executives of the fake career and placement consultants. The arrested persons also convinced institutes with false promise of providing students admission in colleges. Forged documents were submitted to the institutes and on the pretext of travelling and other logistic requirements, the gang extracted massive amounts of money from various institutes across the country.
According to the police, prime accused Mohbubur Rashid Choudhury alias Manoj Das was arrested from Beltola, Guwahati, while the other two were arrested from Krokrajhar, Assam.
The operation was conducted under the supervision of DIG (CID) and SP (Crime) Nagaland, SIT along with Cyber Cell PHQ and Cyber Forensic Lab, Chumukedima conducting simultaneous raids in Beltola in Guwahati and Krokrajhar.
The accused are currently in police custody and further investigation in on to unveil other accomplices involved in the case.
The police has advised the public to be wary of such scams as criminals are taking advantage of the prevailing pandemic for commission of similar online frauds.