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Two arrested by Mumbai police for posing as government officials and cheating 55 people

The accused, who belong to a gang, promised to offer them jobs in government agencies.

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2018 01:30 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindsutan Times
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The kingpin of the racket has been identified as Anand Tripathi and is yet to be arrested. (Representational photo)

The city crime branch has arrested two people, who allegedly cheated 55 youngsters by posing as officials of the crime intelligence force (CIF) and intelligence investigation agency (IIA).

The gang had also extorted money from other people on various pretexts, said the police.

The accused, who belong to a gang, promised to offer them jobs in government agencies.

The arrested accused have been identified as Mahesh Bhadke, 25, a native of Osmanabad (263 kilometres from Pune) and Umesh Mohite, 32, a native of Ratnagiri (200 kilometres from Pune).

The kingpin of the racket has been identified as Anand Tripathi, who is a native of Uttar Pradesh, and is yet to be arrested.

The accused used to reportedly drive around Panvel, Thane, Raigad, Pune and areas of Navi Mumbai, using a car with red beacon and a siren that had a CIF symbol on it.

They also used bogus ‘Government of India’ signboards and stamps.

“Tripathi started these two bogus agencies last year and Bhadke was said to be the director of Maharashtra state,” said Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (crime).

They had also opened an office at Vakratunda Housing Society in Panvel. That office was known as their control room in Maharashtra,” he added.

The gang had promised around 55 people that they would get government jobs. They had Rs8,000-10,000 from each of them, said Doshi.

The gang would also send notices to local hoteliers, businessmen and other organizations stating that these establishments had failed to pay their taxes.

They would then demand money from these establishments.

“They had called a Panvel resident, Hariom Chaurasia, on January 10, on the same pretext and intimidated him in his office,” added Doshi.

The police have recovered the car with a red beacon, a pistol and some bogus letterheads from the accused.

The accused have been booked under sections 420, 170, 171, 342, 508, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and have been remanded in police custody till Thursday.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 01:26 IST