Rashmi Ranjan

Couple of days after Bolangir Police busted a fake educational certificate racket, an India Post Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) job applicant's matriculation certificate was found to be fake during document verification. The incident was reported from Kendrapara district on Monday.

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The aspirant, identified as Anita Jena of Lunia village in Bhadrak district reportedly submitted the fake Matriculation certificate. 

According to sources, the fake matric certificate was issued in the name of Adarsh Arya SS High School at Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh. 

The certificate mentioned that Jena scored 99 marks out of 100 in Odia in the Matriculation examination, sources informed.

“The recruitment section verified the certificate of one Anita Jena who came to divisional office on 21 March for document verification. The recruitment section found her certificate was issued by Adarsh Arya SS High School at Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh and she scored 99 out of 100 in Odia,” said Debaraj Sethi, postal superintendent of Kendrapara division.

“Anita Jena had cleared the matriculation examination in 2009 and her birth year is 1990. Scoring 99 in Odia and qualifying matric examination at the age of 19 triggered doubts about the authenticity of the certificate,” Sethi added.

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Earlier, a fake education racket having pan-India links was busted in Bolangir and around 1,000 to 5,000 fake certificates were seized from a coaching centre named Reliance Education Institute. 

All the certificates looked almost similar to the original ones with properly printed holograms and logos, informed sources. So far, 19 persons including the owner of the educational institution have been arrested in connection with the case.

(Reported by Manoj Swain, OTV)