Two men allegedly involved in forging identity cards of central government ministries and running a fake employment racket were arrested, the police said today.

The accused, identified as Uttam Kumar (41) and Sachit Kumar Rana (34), were involved in cheating youngsters on the pretext of providing employment in different central government departments including, the Railways, Ministry of Communications and IT, and Kendriya Vidhyalaya Sanghtan, PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) said.

The accused used to dupe the family of unemployed youth of Rs 5 lakh to 7 lakh on the pretext of getting them government jobs, Kushwah said, adding the duo targeted youths from Delhi, UP and Rajasthan.

Rubber stamps of various ministers and other departments were recovered from their possession, the DCP said.

The police was informed that Kumar, a resident of Delhi's Tilak Nagar, used to claim himself to be an officer of central government and also holds a fake identity card of ministries, the officer said.

Subsequently, on June 30, Kumar and his associate Sachit Kumar, a resident of Shakarpur, were apprehended from Laxmi Nagar in East Delhi, he said.

The accused had arrived there in a car. Two fake identity cards in the name of Kumar shown to be issued from Central government and seven service joining letters of Northern Railway in the names of candidates were also recovered from them, he added.

During interrogation, the accused confessed that the recovered service joining letters were fake and they used to cheat innocent unemployed youth on the pretext of providing government jobs, police official said.

Rana is a computer expert and had prepared these fake letters.

In 2003, Kumar worked on a contractual basis with a government agency for four years.

Thereafter, he worked as a field officer on contract with various government offices like Akashwani Bhawan, Ministry of Transport, Dak Bhawan, Ministry of Labour, etc.

His tenure in various government departments made him familiar with the paper work and working in the sector. In 2017, he came in contact with some persons and started the racket of cheating innocent people on the pretext of recruitment in government jobs, the police said.