Kochi: In the wake of the recent incident in which the city police arrested a young man for running a fake recruitment agency offering Navy jobs two weeks ago, the Navy on Wednesday issued warning against such fraudsters.
According to the navy, there exist no such agencies or arrangements. “All prospective candidates and the public, in general, are hereby intimated that no such arrangement exists. Call up the letter and admit cards will only be issued by the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Navy and Recruitment Office Headquarters of Southern Naval Command, Kochi. Candidates are advised neither to fall prey to false assurance or exploitation nor entertain or encourage unscrupulous elements in any way,” a release issued by the Navy said.
It has also advised candidates to contact 0484-2872183, 0484-2872248 to report any suspected fraud and follow it up with a written complaint.
It was on May 17, the Palarivattom police arrested Jobin Manuel, a native of Kottayam, for running a fake recruitment agency that claimed to provide junior clerk jobs in the Navy.
He had conducted the fraud in the name of a business establishment near Palarivattom by offering junior clerk jobs in Vishakhapatnam and Kochi Naval Base. Around Rs. 30 lakh is suspected of having collected from several people by him this way.
Meanwhile, the accused also claimed that he had entered the Naval Base and Naval Armament Depot (NAD) with fake entry passes in the guise of an officer, which, according to navy, is highly unlikely.
“It is only his claim that he entered the Naval Base. The chance to pass the security gate with a fake id card is highly unlikely,” a navy source said.
The police had also recovered top rank uniforms of the Navy, and an identity card of the accused as an officer of Eastern Naval Command along with fake entry passes to the Naval Base, from his house....