Conman held for making hoax calls to city police

A 33-year-old conman was arrested for his alleged involvement in several instances of cheating and making more than four dozen hoax calls to the Delhi police control room over the last month, police said on Monday.

Identified as Joginder Singh Sandhu, who originally hails from Punjab’s Jalandhar, he was currently residing at northwest Delhi’s Prahladpur village, the police said. Sandhu had cheated scores of his neighbours on the pretext of facilitating their access to BPL cards, voter IDs and even badges meant for taxi and auto rickshaw drivers, said SBS Tyagi, DCP (crime and railways).

“He was nabbed from near the office of the registrar located at Pitampura. During interrogation, Sandhu revealed that he had made more than 50 hoax calls to the Delhi police control room,” said DCP Tyagi.

According to the police, Sandhu, a habitual drinker, came to Delhi in the year 2002 and started working at different schools and banquet halls as a security supervisor. In 2009, to supplement his meagre income after having brought his family down to Delhi, Sandhu began demanding money from his neighbours on the pretext of helping them to get BPL and election cards in addition to badges for auto rickshaw and taxi drivers.

“When his neighbours came to know about his tactics, they started putting pressure on  him for their money for which he sold his house in 2011. After this incident, his wife fled with his money and started living separately,” DCP Tyagi said.

“In January 2013, his second wife left him, ignoring all his efforts at reconciliation. To harass her, he made a call to the PCR on January 28 claiming that one woman who had his mobile number was an associate of Afzal Guru. He said there will soon be bomb blasts at three different locations in Delhi.”

After this, the police claimed, on January 29, he made another hoax call — this time pretending to be an IPS officer — stating that his estranged wife would be instrumental in executing blasts at three separate locations including west Delhi’s Tihar Jail and the Kurla railway station in Mumbai.

“At the time of his arrest, five mobile phones — which he had stolen from various auto rickshaw drivers on the pretext of making a call — were recovered from his possession,” said Tyagi.


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