Fake CBI officer held for cheating

Fake CBI officer held for cheating

Posing as CBI inspector, he used to extort money from businessmen but he soon ran out of luck and was caught in a trap laid by the police.

Rajdeep Pandey alias Luv Kumar Pandey, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Kanshi Ram Nagar district, was arrested for demanding Rs 5 lakh from complainant Sheetal Prasad and his friend, police said on Saturday. “After his interrogation, police arrested 39-year-old Anurag Kalantri, a computer shop owner of Uttar Pradesh’s Kashganj, for helping Pandey in preparing fake identity cards and voter identity cards,” said Ajay Chaudhry, additional CP, (south-east), adding Rs 4.65 lakh, a computer, six mobile phones, voter ID and identity card of a CBI official were seized from them.

According to police, a dealer of second hand autorickshaw, Prasad, said he had sold one of the vehicles to one Naresh Chandra about a year ago.

Chandra, along with Pandey, came to his shop and demanded his money back as the autorickshaw was not working properly. But when he expressed his inability, Chandra introduced him to Pandey as CBI official, who threatened to implicate him in false case if he did not return the money immediately, police said.

So he returned the money but remained in his contact. He introduced Pandey to one Raju Sawant, who also deals in autorickshaws and was having some problem with a financiers. “The accused promised to help him and asked him to write a complaint and also demanded Rs five lakh for the job. For this, Pandey took Rs 90,000 and demanded Rs 20,000 more,” they said.

Chandra, however, became suspicious and informed police. Police then laid a trap and sent Chandra with Rs 20,000 with marked currency notes and when Pandey was taking the money, he was apprehended.

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