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Man booked for posing as Navjot Singh Sidhu’s secretary

The accused, who runs a tea shop in Moga, called up several officials and asked them to raid some chemist shops in the city.

punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2017 09:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Moga
Navjot Singh Sidhu,anti-narcotics cell,Punjab
The accused, identified as Mahesh Kumar, runs a tea shop in Moga.(Representative Image)

Police on Sunday booked a man for making calls, while posing as Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s secretary, to several officials, directing them to conduct raids on some drug stores in the district.

The accused, identified as Mahesh Kumar, runs a tea shop in Moga.

Mahesh made calls to officials in the health department, police and its anti-narcotics cell in Moga.

Drug inspector Sonia Gupta, in her complaint, stated that she recently received a call from a person claiming to be the “general secretary” of minister Sidhu. The caller asked her to conduct raids at some leading chemist shops in Moga and Dharamkot sub-divisions.

Sources said the accused also made similar calls to the anti-narcotics cell in-charge Lakhwinder Singh and Dharamkot station house officer (SHO) Palwinder Singh.

Balwinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI)-cum-investigation officer (IO), said the police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 182 (False information, with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Dharamkot police station.

He said the police are conducting raids to nab the accused.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 09:38 IST