Three impostors, who were calling up Raj Bhavan for three days seeking undue favours while claiming to be aides of Rahul Gandhi’s personal assistant, walked into a police trap after they were given an appointment with the governor on Saturday evening.
The trio — Syed Burhani, Pradeep Mishra and Manoj Kumar, who are coal traders and reportedly wield influence in political circles — were produced before the media on Sunday.
Syed and Pradeep are residents of Gurgaon and Delhi, while Manoj hails from Patna.
Syed, impersonating as Rahul Gandhi’s personal assistant Kanishk Singh, had been calling the aide-de-camp to the governor for three days, asking for an appointment with governor Syed Ahmed.
He told Raj Bhavan officials that he would send a few people to meet Ahmed. During interrogation, he accepted making phone calls so that the trio could illegally fetch coal racks in Bero, Kargali and some other areas in the state.
SSP Saket Kumar Singh said that when Raj Bhavan checked with Kanishk Singh, he denied sending anyone.
“Naturally, some impostors were at work. So, according to plan we allowed them to come. Raj Bhavan gave them an appointment of 5.30pm yesterday. They were allowed to enter after thorough check and seated at the guest lounge. Then we detained them,” he said.
The police also seized two cellphones and a car.
Sources said Pradeep claimed to be a senior AICC youth wing leader while Manoj told police he was a nephew of state Congress president Rajendra Singh. But the SSP did not confirm the claims.