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From A Personnel Decorated With President’s Medal To A Jail Bird, Long Arms Of The Law Catches Up With The Past

IMPHAL, Dec 6: A divisional commander of Home Guard, Imphal East who had been decorated with President‘s Medal for Meritorious Services, has been arrested and sent to jail by the State Vigilance Commission on alleged charge of deceiving the Government after he was found to have joined the service with the help of fake education certificate.

According to a reliable source, the accused divisional commander of Home Guard identified as Anwar Hussein was arrested on December 3 and after being produced before the Court of CJM, he was remanded to judicial custody till December 18.

Consequently, the Vigilance Commission has also written to the Commandant of Home Guard to take up necessary action against Anwar Hussein apart from a show cause notice issued by the DGP to the Commandant.

In the October 22 issue of this paper, it was reported that the disgraced personnel (Home Guard Commander) who has been decorated with President’s Meritorious Service Medal in appreciation of his commendable service is likely to be removed from his post and stripped of the medal after he was found to have made his way into the service with fake certificates and documents.

The October 2 report had further said that the matter came to light when the State Vigilance Commission launched an investigation to verify the exact age of the Home Guard Commander who continues to remain in service even after attaining 63 years of age.

Here is a brief excerpt of the report published on October 22 this year, datelined, Imphal, October 21:

According to a highly placed source, during the course of the investigation, the Vigilance Commission came to know that Anwar Hussein, who is posted as the Divisional Commander of Home Guard in Imphal West joined the service in 1976 and his age recorded in the Electoral, is 63.

At the time of joining the service, Anwar Hussein had submitted the certificate of passing examination from Central Hindi High School under Central Board of Higher Education (CBHE) in 1972 with his date of birth given as 1/2/1957.

However, when details were sent to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for verification, CBSE responded that the said CBHE is a fake board.

In addition to this fake certificate, Anwar Hussein had also submitted another certificate claiming that he passed his class IX examination from Yairipok Azad High School in 1970 and his age at that time of 13 years.

Accordingly, the Commission seized the register of the school and forwarded it to Forensic Science experts to seek their opinions.

After a close scrutiny, Forensic Science experts confirmed that the name of Anwar Hussein had been included much later and there is also difference in the serial number of the names given and recorded in the register.

Thus, proving that the certificates and other documents used by Anwar Hussein at the time of joining the service of Home Guard were fake.

Accordingly, the Commission has recommended to the State Government for suspending Anwar Hussein from service and stripping of the President’s Meritorious Service Medal given to him.

The Government has also given its approval to the recommendation of the Commission, the source added.

After being in service for 24 years, Anwar Hussein received the President’s Meritorious Service Medal in 1992.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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