Fraudster held for posing as senior civil aviation official

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 13:56 IST
The airport officials got suspicious when Mohan Lal (above) began to seek certain classified information. (HT Photo)

An imposter who enjoyed VVIP treatment for two days by claiming to be the assistant director general of civil aviation (ADGC) was arrested at Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport here on Sunday.

The accused has been identified as Mohan Lal, who hails from Chennai in Tamilnadu. He even presided over a meeting of airport officials on the pretext of surprise checking and raided different sections of the airport over the past two days, said sources.

The airport officials got suspicious when he began to seek certain classified information. Following this, they contacted the Delhi headquarters to enquire about his arrival. The Delhi officials told the local officials that the officer was present at his office and had not gone to Amritsar.

The airport officials immediately called the police, who arrived at the airport and asked the imposter to show his identity card, but he failed to produce it. Subsequently, cops arrested him along with his assistant, identified as Gauri Shankar, said police sources.

Shankar told the police that Mohan Lal had cheated him as well. He said he paid Mohan Lal Rs 7.5 lakh to get the job and was receiving a monthly salary of Rs 22,000.

Cops said the accused had cheated several people, including a Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer and and unemployed youth, besides cheating some persons on pretext of installing mobile phone towers.

His motive behind visiting the airport is not clear yet, said sources. During the preliminary investigation, it has been learnt that Mohan Lal was living at Amritsar for past some time. In view of sensitivity of the issue, cops are taking no chances. The accused’s interrogation is still going on.

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