After three days of submitting a complaint by Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana constituency, the police registered a case against a fake cop trying to entrap him in a false case of hawala (money laundering).
The Division Number 5 police on Saturday registered a case under sections 170 (personating a public servant), 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 511 (attempt to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 67A, 67D of the Information Technology Act.
In a complaint moved to Ludhiana police commissioner Sanjiv Kalra, Phoolka had mentioned about a call he received from an unidentified number while campaigning in Jagraon on April 9. The caller said he was BK Singh, senior superintendent of police (Ludhiana rural), and needed to exchange dollars for emergency payment in rupees to his son who had lost his luggage at the Mumbai railway station.
"He said he could deliver me the money in Ludhiana, if I could ask someone in Mumbai to help his stranded son with cash," said Phoolka in his complaint. He added that the impersonator had even texted him the mobile-phone number of his son.
Phoolka said he had asked one of his friends in Mumbai, Manjit Singh, to see if he could help out the boy on humanitarian grounds. "Manjit called back to say the number was not registered in Maharashtra and the message from the service provider was in Gujarati," the candidate stated.
Phoolka had reported that the man was too eager to deliver $1,000 (`65,000) through hawala.
Police commissioner Sanjiv Kalra had asked additional deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Harmohan Singh to look into the matter and lodge a first-information report (FIR) after inquiry.
The ADCP said prima facie the police had found that the number used by the imposter to call Phoolka belonged to Gujarat. The police have asked the cellular company concerned to provide details of the user and his call details for further investigation.