According to Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials, the Army imposter has been identified as Biju Abraham, hailing from Kerala. He is currently settled in Bengaluru and had earlier worked with the Madras Engineer Group (MEG).
According to MoD officials, the arrest was made a couple of days ago by the Halasur police. Based on a tip off from Military Intelligence officials, the police picked him up from outside the Air Force Command Hospital.
MoD says the accused had been duping prospective candidates by promising them jobs in the Army with the fake identity as Colonel (Dr) Biju Abraham.
He claimed to be a neurosurgeon from Army Medical Corps. He had a forged Identity Card and fake salary certificates to convince unsuspecting candidates.
Arrested in 2011 for similar offence
MoD says the arrested individual has admitted to having collected around Rs 17 lakh from three candidates from Kerala in 2015.
"During interrogation, he admitted cheating many candidates earlier in 2011 also by promising them recruitment in the Army by taking money. Biju was then arrested by the Commercial Street police and later released on bail," says an MoD official.
The accused has now been slapped with IPC Sections 420, 468, 471, & 419. An FIR has been lodged against him at the Halasur police station.
Meanwhile, Military Intelligence officials have warned the public not to get duped by such touts and imposters promising jobs in the Army.
"It is difficult to get into the armed forces (for a job), without coming through a proper channel. Everything is computerized and there are multiple levels of checks. In addition there are a number of committees that look into the recruitment procedures. The public need to be extremely careful and not fall into these traps," an MoD official tells OneIndia.