Fake cadet nabbed from NDA campus

Fake cadet Anmol Banotra was found when authorities at India’s tri-service, National Defense Academy, realized that there was a cadet more than their regular count. He was arrested on Wednesday.

Pune: A ‘fake’ cadet was arrested from the tri-service National Defense Academy (NDA) after the authorities found there was an extra man in the batch and verified everyone’s documents, police said Thursday.

“The NDA authorities alerted us about a fake cadet Anmol Banotra, 18, who joined the academy Dec 30 and stayed at the premises for four days,” an official from Pune’s Warje Malwadi Police Station told IANS.

“He was arrested late Wednesday and was produced in court Thursday. He has been remanded to police custody till January 13,” he added.

Banotra was found when the NDA authorities realized that there was a cadet more than their regular count.

“The authorities verified the documents of all candidates and found Banotra’s to be fake and then turned him in,” the official said.

The NDA confirmed the development.

“One Mr. Anmol Banotra tried to join the 127th NDA course by using fraudulent/fake documents. He has been nabbed and handed over to the police by the NDA authorities,” it said in a statement.

Editor’s note: Two things: What was he thinking and how the heck did the academy administration let him enter and stay undetected for four days? Also, wonder which service he’d chosen?

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