In a single day, various departments of the Delhi Police nabbed nine people for running four independent rackets duping hundreds of people, including the government.
In the first case, two 23-year-old journalists, identified as Dinesh Jain and Praveen Saini, were arrested for attempting to extort money from a doctor in northwest Delhi. "The arrests came after five persons approached Shakurpur-based Dr Shafiq Ahmed, posing as Anti-Corruption Branch officials and a small media crew last evening. They informed the unsuspecting victim that he is not authorised to run his clinic since he doesn't have any valid registration or a degree," said Meenu Chaudhary, deputy commissioner of police (northwest).
While Jain, who works for his father's small newspaper, and Saini, who is also associated with the same daily, were arrested, their three aides who helped in the extortion bid are still on the run, the DCP said.
Almost simultaneously, two Delhi-based travel agents, identified as Rakesh Kumar and Satish Kumar, were arrested for their alleged role in helping Raj Kumar, a traveller, procure a fake passport to travel to Italy.
RA Sanjeev, DCP (IGIA) said Raj Kumar was arrested after a stamp affixed on his passport was found to be fake. His questioning led the police to Rakesh, whom he had paid Rs 3.20 lakh to procure the passport.
In another incident, Ishaaq Ansari, 52, who hails from West Bengal's Murshidabad, was arrested by the Crime Branch on a tip-off that a person associated with a counterfeit Indian currency racket would be coming to northeast Delhi's Khajoori Khas area.
During interrogation, DCP (crime) Ashok Chand said, Ansari admitted to have procured the fake notes from Murshidabad after they had been smuggled into India from Bangladesh. The face value of the seized currency notes, all in Rs 500 notes, has been ascertained to be Rs 5.75 lakh.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Aslam, Intzar and Ramesh Kumar, were arrested by the Crime Branch for producing and selling forged documents such as fake smart cards of the Transport Authority of the Government of NCT of Delhi, forged 'No Entry Permission' tickets issued by the Delhi Traffic Police, forged Registration Certificates of vehicles of different states and forged Delhi University marksheets.