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Man posing as PMO official held

Man posing as PMO official held

May 17, 2015

BAREILLY: A man who called up DIG, Bareilly range, R K S Rathor posing as an under secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was arrested on Friday. The DIG called the imposter’s bluff when the latter asked why an FIR had not been lodged against union minister Maneka Gandhi. Instead, the senior cop grilled the man who abruptly ended their conversation. Later, the fake official’s cell phone was put on surveillance and it was tracked in Pilibhit from where he was arrested. The man arrested turned out to be a former scribe who had worked with a leading Hindi daily. It also came to light that he had been booked earlier also on similar charges by Ghaziabad police when he made a threatening call to the Ghaziabad district magistrate a few months ago. Sharing details with TOI, Rathor said, “On Thursday night, I received a call on my landline telephone number with the person on the other side identifying himself as a senior official from the PMO. The telephone staff on duty immediately connected the caller with me.”

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The caller, identifying himself as Rakesh Kumar, “under secretary in the PMO”, spoke in a derogatory tone asking why an FIR had not been filed against Maneka Gandhi in the alleged incident of slapping of a gate man at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR), said Rathor. “However when I asked him to prove his credentials, including his civil services batch, he abruptly snapped the conversation.” Next morning, the staff on telephone duty including the public relations officer informed the DIG that the said person had called them also and used abusive language during their conversation. Thereafter, the man’s phone was put on surveillance and he was tracked at Pilibhit, where he was arrested. He has been booked under Section 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 170 (pPersonating a public servant) of the IPC, and sent to jail. The man was identified as a resident of Dori Lal locality under Kotwali police station in Pilibhit. He was earlier working as a reporter with a Hindi daily and was presently a freelancer, said Rathor. It also came to light that he had been booked earlier by Ghaziabad police for making a similar call to the Ghaziabad DM, claiming to be a secretary in the UP government.



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