The Indo-Tibetan Border Police today cautioned against fake appointment letters and money deposit offers for joining the paramilitary force.
The force has registered an FIR with the Delhi Police after the forces’ headquarter here noticed that “various unsuccessful candidates/aspirants of ITBP recruitment have been receiving so-called appointment letters vide which the candidates are advised to deposit some amount in bank account prior to joining”.
“The appointment letters received by various candidates were checked and they were found fake. As such ITBP does not demand money from candidates for recruitment in the force except requisite nominal recruitment fee. No advance or guarantee money is sought from any candidate prior to joining the force,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek K Pandey said in a statement here.
He said final appointment letters to bonafide candidates are issued by the force in a “prescribed format” and these are made in a stipulated manner.
The force, on its website– https://itbpolice.nic.in/– has also displayed the specimen copies of the fake letters being circulated. It has put out public notices in leading dailies in this regard.
The spokesperson said a number of other steps have been taken to thwart such attempts like directing all units in the country to be sensitised about fraud appointment letters, even as copies of fraud and original format letters have been circulated amongst them.
“Moreover, unit/field formations have been directed to ask such candidates to lodge a police complaint in the nearest police station. All units/formations of ITBP have been directed to display a notice in prominent places in their locations to facilitate forewarning of the public in this regard,” the statement said.
The 80,000-strong force is primarily tasked to secure the Indian frontier with China even as it is deployed extensively in the country for rendering duties in the internal security domain like conducting anti-Naxal operations. The Union Home Ministry is the nodal authority for the force.