Six held in Burdwan for impersonating defence ministry staff

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Burdwan
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2016 11:32 IST
The car that was used by the six impersonators. (Md Asif/HT photo)

Police arrested six persons in Jamalpur, Burdwan, for allegedly trying to impersonate as officials of the defence ministry.

They even used the metal board of the defence ministry and ordinance factory board on their car. The accused were detained on Sunday morning and arrested on Monday.

Burdwan district police already informed the army colonel of Fort William and joint commissioner of police (crime) in Kolkata. Officials at Fort William told Burdwan police that the vehicle does not belong to the forces.

Interestingly, Panagarh army base camp is just 60 km from Jamalpur. Police have initiated an investigation regarding the motive of those arrested. On October 2, 2014, crude IED blasts rocked Khagragore in Burdwan, which brought to light a major terror network of Jamaat-ul Mujahidin Bangladesh in the state.

Burdwan SP Kunal Aggarwal told HT, “Six persons, namely Sakir Ahmed, Salim Akhtar, Seikh Irfan, Seikh Ansaruddin, Abdul Akhtar and Seikh Sharukh, all residents of Topsia road, Tiljala police station, have been arrested and with a vehicle having a metal board ‘Govt of India, ministry of defence. We also informed Fort William and the Kolkata Police (crime branch).”

A police team from Burdwan was sent to Tiljala to get information about the accused.

The police also came to know that the owner of the vehicle is Abdul Kaderwaj Khan of Kolkata. They started a specific case under sections 419, 420, 379 of the IPC. On Monday, the police produced all the accused before the Burdwan court for a seven-day police remand but got only three days.

“The accused were coming from Kolkata to Durgapur. During checking, they were asked to stop their vehicle. But they did not. The police chased them and detained their vehicle. They have no driving licence or identity card and there are no papers of the vehicle. However, we could not find any suspicious object inside the vehicle,” said the SP. “They failed to provide ID cards to prove their claim and also failed to produce any valid document of the vehicle. Further investigation is on,” Aggarwal said.

The police said that they are residents of Tiljala’s Topsia road. Most of them worked in travel agencies as driver. The police learnt that they have no criminal records in Tiljala. The police are trying to find why they put the board of ministry of defence in the car.

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