All she wanted was big discounts and freebies from shopkeepers, and even policemen fell for her smart lies.
For five hours, Pooja Jindal (28), who worked as a computer data operator for an under secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), made the police believe she was a senior official from the ministry.
She was arrested only after one IPS officer called the ministry for verification and discovered her lie.
Jindal, a native of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, reportedly rang up Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Shalini Singh first and told her that she wanted to check the police preparedness at Lajpat Nagar market.
The DCP fell for the lie and took her on an “inspection round” in her official Ambassador car with a posse of policemen in tow.
Jindal knew the names of all the police officers as she was a data operator for an under secretary in the Home Ministry.
She lives alone in the servant quarter of the MHA official and has reportedly told her neighbours that she was going to marry a Haryana-based deputy inspector general of police, Alok Aggarwal, in December.
Jindal had reportedly even boasted that she was once posted at the prime minister's office.
“She was a regular at Lajpat Nagar market and wanted to throw her weight around by ordering policemen in front of the shopkeepers. She did this to ensure that next time the shopkeepers recognised her and offer her big discounts,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
Speaking fluent English and dressed in a black formal suit with a bag on her shoulders, Jindal got down from an autorickshaw at the Sarita Vihar office of the DCP and walked straight into the officer’s room.
“The DCP made Jindal sit in her official car and took her to Lajpat Nagar police station. She entered the ACP’s office, shouted at him and asked him to leave the office,” said the officer.
She took a round of the market and entered shops with policemen, including the DCP, waiting for her outside.
When she was done with Lajpat Nagar, she expressed her desire to go to the Sarojini Nagar market.
“She went to the police station first. The area ACP opened the car’s door for her. She asked the area DCP to report to her immediately,” said the officer.
She even scolded DCP (south) H.G.S. Dhaliwal for turning up late.
“Dhaliwal smelt a rat because there was no official communication on her visit. He also asked her a couple of questions on her law degree and where was she posted before MHA,” said the officer.
The DCP then called the MHA, following which her bag was searched and she was arrested.