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MEERUT: An internal probe has been ordered following security breach at 108 Infantry Battalion TA (Territorial Army) ‘Mahar’ in Pathankot’s 272 Transit Camp, where a fake recruit was “deployed” for four months (July to October) this year, said Army sources.
The probe would focus on the lapses that led to the security breach, how salary of Rs 12,500 per month was disbursed to the fake recruit, how he remained undetected for such a long time in the high security zone, and how he got access to Insas rifle, said sources.
It will also look into the possibility of other personnel within the ranks being involved in the racket.
This comes a day after inputs from military intelligence led to the arrest of a former sentry of 108 Infantry Battalion TA, Rahul Singh, and one of his two aides, Bittu Singh, from Meerut’s Daurala on Tuesday. Rahul had allegedly taken Rs 16 lakh from Ghaziabad-based Army aspirant Manoj Kumar by promising him that he would helpthe latter land a job in the Army. The accused, who was “posted” as a sentry in the Pathankot-based 272 transit camp, got Manoj inside the centre, provided him with uniform and tasked him with various functions, including that of a “follower”, a cook and a sentry for which Rahul went to the extent of handing over the Insas rifle issued to him to do duty by proxy so as to convince Manoj that he was “recruited”.
Bittu used to present himself before Manoj as a senior Army officer, mostly on video call in full Army uniform, complete with medals. It was Bittu who confirmed Manoj’s “recruitment”.
“We recovered the uniform, all fake documents, a few stamps and also a country-made pistol from the arrested men. The third accused, Raja Singh, is still at large. All the three have been booked based on an FIR filed by Manoj Kumar at Daurala police station in Meerut,” said SP city Piyush Singh. Rahul Singh, who joined the Territorial Army in 2019, was “disembodied” from service on compassionate ground as his “mother was unwell”.

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