A youth posing as nephew of BJP president Amit Shah and citing a fake theft story in train on Tuesday not only enjoyed the hospitality of Ujjain BJP MLA Mohan Yadav but also duped the legislator of Rs 80,000. He had reportedly did the same with a BJP leader in Rajasthan last week.
Mentioning his name as Viraj Shah and a resident of Pune, the youth approached Ujjain GRP on Tuesday morning saying that he was travelling in an A1 coach in Shanti Express train in and his bag containing valuables including a laptop, a costly watch, a mobile and ornaments all worth over Rs 11 lakh was missing. He then also called Ujjain BJP MLA Mohan Yadav seeking his help.
Yadav then sent his associate Naresh Sharma to Ujjain station and also called higher railway police official to take a prompt action.
Apparently wishing to get close to the BJP president, Sharma gave him Rs 50,000, a new mobile worth Rs 15,000 and also arranged a flight ticket to Ahmedabad.The legislator also took him for Mahakal Darshan as he remained in Ujjain all through the day.
During investigation, the GRP found that the seat which Viraj mentioned was actually in the name of a woman. In addition, the mobile number mentioned by given by him was found switched off.
Viraj had filed a similar report at Abu Road railway station in Rajasthan in which he mentioned that he was a resident of Ahmedabad. However, when the Abu Road police inquired with his wife, she declined of any such theft.
Sources said the culprit also managed to get a big amount of money from a local BJP leader in Jalna in Rajasthan narrating a fake theft story.
Mohan Yadav told HT that the youth was talking with such confidence that he could not find out that he was a fraudster. Not only the MLA, even GRP officials believed him.
GRP in-charge Deepak Shejwar said efforts are on to catch the youth after which further action would follow.
Earlier to it, he had also saught ‘help’ from former Ratlam MLA Paras Saklecha who confirmed that he had received a call from him and said that he had given the number of Mohan Yadav to him.