AN INMATE of Bhopal Central Jail has been booked for fraud under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for trying to dupe relatives of missing persons through fake letters claiming he knew of the missing person’s whereabouts and demanding money to divulge the same. The culprit, Sartaj alias Pappu, a notorious criminal from Shajapur, is undergoing imprisonment at Bhopal jail.
He used to look out for missing person’s reports in newspapers and then contact the family members through letters, jail authorities said today.
Pappu used to inform the missing person’s family that their relatives were in his clutches. He then demanded hefty sums from the hapless people to divulge details of and to release the missing persons.
On finding his activities suspicious, jail authorities tipped off the crime branch and Pappu’s daily routine was monitored. Soon, the police got information that Pappu had contacted one such family and they were coming to Bhopal jail to pay him money for information about their missing relative.
Pappu was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 6,500 from the family and booked under Section 420 of the IPC. During investigation, Pappu revealed that he used to indulge in the fraud in association with an accomplice Raja of Shujalpur.
Raja is also wanted in a case of attempt to murder under Section 307. Jail authorities and crime branch have appealed to the people to contact the police immediately in case anyone has received a letter from Pappu claiming to know the whereabouts of their missing relatives and demanding money to divulge information about the same.