Man posing as top PMO official arrested in Srinagar
Visited multiple places along with security cover, probe ordered: Officials
Post by Irfan Yattoo on Friday, March 17, 2023
Srinagar, March 16: A Gujarati man posing as Additional Director from Prime Minister's Office, New Delhi was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police in Srinagar on Thursday, officials said.
A senior J&K Police officer told Rising Kashmir that they have arrested a man from Gujarat who was posing as Additional Director (Strategy & Campaigns) Prime Minister's Office, New Delhi and FIR has been registered against the same.
Police identified the accused as Kiran Bhai Patel son of Jagdesh Bhai Patel resident of Gujarat. Following the major security loophole, FIR has been registered at Nishat under FIR no 19 of 2023 and further investigation is underway in the case," he said.
"We have booked him under section 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 IPC at police station Nishat and further investigation into the matter is going on. High-level probe has been ordered on how he got security cover with verification of his details," he said.
As per FIR, the said individual, by resorting to cheating, forgery and impersonation has duped gullible people and also intentionally induced people to do and also to omit to do activities, under a well-knit plan for securing monetary as well as material benefits.
Revealing details about the incident, the senior police officer said that Patel even got security cover from Police and visited many places in Kashmir including City Centre Lal Chowk where he posed for photographs along with the cops.
At Doodpathri, he was accompanied by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate rank officer and also two Deputy Commissioners during his visit to the Valley.
"He was staying at Hotel Lalit in Srinagar, the same hotel used by other high profile politicians and police officers. In recent years, it is the first such case in Srinagar, we are investigating it and the media will be informed about further proceedings,' he said.