Srinagar, Nov 13 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police today claimed to have busted a fake recruitment racket in the state by arresting five people involved in promising jobs and providing fake appointment orders to hundreds of unemployed youth.
A police spokesman said a case has been registered at the Zadibal police station in this regard.
He said the police received specific information about a racket operating in the state through various agents who lured unemployed and gullible youth with fake appointment letters in various government departments, including medical services, agriculture and forests, in lieu of huge sum of money.
The spokesman said the agents of the kingpins used to contact the unemployed youth by a novel method of presenting one of the members of the racket as a ''higher officer'' of a government department and others as his close confidante.
These agents would then lure the unemployed youth with fake appointment orders against a huge sum of money, he added.
In some cases, they (agents) used to provide one or two month salary to a fake employee out of the money taken from him.
Immediately after receiving the information, he said the police conducted a number of raids and arrested five people - Mehraj-ud-din Bajaj, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Bashir Ahmed Wani and Ghulam Nabi Baba.
The spokesman said some more arrests were expected. Besides, a large number of fake appointment orders, fake identity cards of government departments have also been seized from their possession.
During preliminary investigations, the names of some government employees have also surfaced and their involvement was being thoroughly probed, he added.