SRINAGAR Crime Branch of police booked one Firdous Ahmad Ahanger of Bemina here for extorting money from engineers of the various government departments while posing as a senior minister.
Police lodged FIR No. 46/2018, U/S 419, 420 RPC, 66D Information Technology Act against Ahangar, who while using his SIM card had introduced himself as Minister for R&B and Minister for Revenue Department while seeking monetory gratification from the engineers for effecting transfers and promotions.
Crime Branch Kashmir received information through reliable source to the effect that cell NO. 7880919630 is being used by some fraudster to demand money from the engineers of PWD in the name of ministers.
Subsequent to the information, a preliminary verification was initiated in Crime Branch Kashmir. The enquiry conducted has revealed that the Cell Phone No. 7880919630 is being used by Firdous Ahmad Ahanger S/O Abdul Rehman Ahanger R/O Nundresh Colony Bemina, Srinagar, who has used the said SIM card mostly during late night hours with cell Nos. 9419050417, 9906508934, 9419034755 and 94190749502 which belong to Superintending Engineer PMGSY Sgr, Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara, Tehsildar Uri and Chief Education Officer Ganderbal respectively.
The said suspect introduced himself as Minister for R&B and Minister for Revenue luring them under the pretext of transfer proposal, so as to extract money from those public servants. The enquiry established that accused had used cell No. 7880919630 which is otherwise subscribed in the name of his sister.
Furthermore, it was also established that the suspect by using a spoof call application, which displayed cell number of concerned Minister on the cell phone of the receiver of such calls/SMS, impersonated himself as Minister of concerned department in order to cheat them and extract money from them, police said.
Involvement of Firdous Ahmad in Case FIR No 46/2018, U/S 419, 420 RPC, 66D IT Act of similar nature has earlier surfaced. Crime Branch has requested people to remain cautious to such frauds.
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