Pune: In a major breakthrough, the Pune police have busted a gang that was involved in the production and distribution of fake Secondary School Certificate (SSC) certificates.
The gang had been operating for several months and had created a thriving business out of it, charging exorbitant fees from students who were desperate to obtain the certificates.
According to police sources, the gang was charging Rs 60,000 for each fake SSC certificate, which is a staggering amount for most middle-class families. The gang had a well-organized network that involved several middlemen, who would identify potential customers and pass on their details to the main operators.
The Crime Branch unit told that they got a tip off about the gang who was involved in providing fake SSC certificates to those who had failed in SSC exams. According to which, the police have prepared a trap and sent a dummy to the accused.
As per the deal, a dummy customer who had failed in 5th standard agreed to pay Rs 60,000 to get a fake SSC certificate on 10 April at Swargate. According to which police had laid a trap and arrested the accused Sandeep Kambale from Sangli.
During the investigation police identified four more accused and arrested them as well.
The police have also appealed to students and parents to be cautious while obtaining educational certificates and to verify their authenticity before submitting them to any institution or employer. They have also warned that anyone caught using a fake certificate will be prosecuted and could face serious consequences.