Fraud fears no uniform, or so it may seem, in Ranchi.
A police officer, with 20 years of toil in the force, was recently swindled of Rs 40,000 by a phoney caller who claimed to be a civil servant on a big raid. A case in this regard was registered with Lalpur police on June 2.
In his FIR, sub-inspector of Sukhdeonagar thana Pushkar Singh said the yet unidentified caller impersonated SDO (Sadar) and asked him to recharge eight mobile phones with Rs 5,000 each, stressing it was urgent because he was on a major raid.
“I was coming out of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after taking an injury report last Monday when I received the call from the number 9931574839. The caller identified himself as the SDO and said he was on a raid with seven others, and needed recharge immediately,” Singh said.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, the SI headed straight to Hariom Tower in the heart of the capital and got all the phones topped up through the easy recharge system.
“When I called the number and asked for the Rs 40,000 I had had to spent, the ‘SDO’ asked to me wait at the shop saying he would meet me immediately after raid. I waited for two hours, but he did not come. The next time I called, the phone was switched off. I understood I had been cheated and registered an FIR,” Singh said, expressing dismay over what he called was his own foolishness.
This is not the first time men in uniform have been duped. On April 21, a CRPF officer filed an FIR at Doranda police station against a real estate dealer, accusing the latter of duping him of around Rs 9 lakh. ASP (operations) in Palamau, Kanhaiya Singh had claimed that Heeralal Patel sold him government land saying it was a private plot.