Mastermind Of Fake Army Recruitment Operation Arrested In Joint Operation By Pune Police and Military Intelligence; Duped Many Youths And Women

Mastermind Of Fake Army Recruitment Operation Arrested In Joint Operation By Pune Police and Military Intelligence; Duped Many Youths And Women
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Pune, 23rd June 2023: In a major operation conducted by the Crime Branch of Pune City Police and Military Intelligence (MI) of Army’s Southern Command, Pune, the mastermind of a fake Army Recruitment Module was arrested during the intervening night of 20th and 21st June 2023. The accused impersonated an army officer and duped over 13 youths with recruitment bait. He also got married for the fourth time recently by deceiving women.


Acting on specific inputs provided by Military Intelligence, the joint operation successfully uncovered the fraudulent scheme operating in Sangli and Pune.


According to the Anti-Extortion Cell 2 of the Pune Crime Branch, the accused involved in providing fabricated call-up letters and identity cards, was brought to light following a tip-off about Pramod Bhimrao Yadav (27), the mastermind of the racket. Yadav is a resident of Amritwadi village in Jat taluka of Sangli district.


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The Crime Branch, equipped with accurate technological intelligence, arrested Yadav from his hideout in Jat, Sangli. The investigation revealed that Yadav had duped a woman of approximately Rs 16 lakhs and had been taking money from aspiring candidates, ranging from Rs 90,000 to Rs 4.5 lakhs, promising them recruitment in the Indian Army.

Authorities have detected nearly Rs 46 lakhs in his bank accounts so far.


Police officials said that further scrutiny into Yadav’s background revealed that he recently got married for the fourth time in May 2023. He had an ambition to join the Army, as his father is an ex-serviceman, but he failed to qualify. Instead of informing his family about his unsuccessful attempt, Yadav pretended to be serving personnel and operated the fraudulent recruitment module.


The action by the Crime Branch, Pune, has not only saved local youths from falling victim to this scam but has also dismantled a network that posed a threat to the interests of the country and the Indian Army.


An FIR has been lodged against him at Kondhwa police station, and the investigation is currently underway. Crime Branch has appealed to people to contact the police if the accused has duped them.


The action was conducted by a team under the guidance of Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ramnath Pokle, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Amol Zende, ACP (Crime-2) Satish Govekar. The team included Police Inspector Pratap Mankar, API Changdev Sajgane, Police Sub-Inspector Srikanth Chavan, Mohandas Jadhav and police personnel Vijay Gurav, Vinod Salunke, Sangram Shingare, Ishwar Andhale,

Saidoba Bhojrao, Amol Pilane, Chetan Shirolkar and sleuths from the Military Intelligence, Southern Command, Pune.