Two persons from Haryana were arrested by Jorhat Police on Sunday on charges of appearing as proxy candidates in a recruitment examination held for Grade-IV posts of Multi Tasking Staff in Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) here.

The arrested persons have been identified as Charan Singh and Amit Singh, residents of from Jind district of Haryana.

The officer-in-charge of Jorhat police station, Ananta Das, said, “Charan Singh and Amit Singh, hailing from Jind district of Haryana, have been arrested while two of their associates, including a lady, have been picked up.”

Based on a complaint lodged by an RFRI official at the Jorhat police station, a case has been registered (No: 2725/2020) under Sections 120 (B), 417, 419, 468 and 479 of the IPC.

Police officer Das said, “A group of 12 people including the arrested duo came from Haryana and most of them accompanied the two as per the preliminary investigation.”

Das said Charan allegedly appeared for one Anil of Haryana while Amit appeared for one Dipak, also from Haryana at the Jorhat Government Girls’ Multi-Purpose Higher Secondary School, one of the four examination centres in Jorhat.

Das said the incident came to light after a female candidate raised an alarm as Charan took out a mobile phone during the examination time.

The invigilators immediately asked him to produce his identification papers which did not tally with the person, who was supposed to sit for the examination.

The invigilator and other officials at the centre handed over Charan to the police personnel deployed at the centre and later during interrogation, his fake identity was revealed.

Meanwhile, another proxy candidate, Amit, was detected from the same centre and was taken away by police.

A source said the examination was held for 12 posts of RFRI.

The examination was also held at two other examination centres at Agartala and Aizawl, where the institute has branches.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com