Even the immediate vicinity of Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s residence isn't safe.
This was proved on Friday when a youth impersonating as chief minister’s nephew duped an old man of Rs 250 and a cell phone near chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence.
Victim Shankar Lal Ahirwar, 60, a resident of village Bankhedi of Hoshangabad district, had come to meet the chief minister to demand action against village sarpanch and panchayat secretary who had allegedly been demanding a cut before releasing the money under Indira Awas Yojana.
At about 8am, a youth approached Ahirwar standing in front of the chief minister’s residence on a two-wheeler and assured him of arranging a meeting with Chouhan, his uncle.
The youth then took him towards Kamla Park, hardly a stone’s throw away from the spot, promising that he would show him Upper Lake till the CM was busy in his poojas.
Later, he took Ahirwar’s cell phone under the pretext of calling up the CM House to confirm whether Chouhan had finished pooja.
Winning his confidence, the youth asked Ahirwar for Rs 250 to refuel his bike. He promised to pay the money back while returning from the CM’s house after picking up a person.
As soon as he got the money, the youth sped away with his money and cell phone.
Later, Ahirwar approached Shyamala Hills police station and lodged a complaint against the youth. Police said a case had been registered under Section 420 of the IPC.
The police are studying the CCTV footage to identify the youth who allegedly talked to the man in front of the chief minister’s residence, said Virendra Singh, town inspector (TI) Shyamala Hills.