Crime Branch Kashmir books man posing as minister to demand money from officials
Crime Branch Kashmir has booked a “fraudster” who it said demanded money from the government officials while posing as a minister for R&B and revenue departments.
“Crime Branch lodged an FIR No. 46/2018, U/S 419, 420 RPC, 66D Information Technology Act. Against one fraudster namely Firdous Ahmad Ahanger who has used his SIM card and introduced himself as Minister for R&B and Minister for Revenue Department,” said a spokesman, in a statement today.
He said Crime Branch Kashmir received information through reliable source that cell number 7880919630 was being used by some fraudster to demand money from engineers of PWD in the name of Ministers/ Bureaucrats.
“Subsequent to the information, a preliminary verification was initiated in Crime Branch Kashmir. The enquiry conducted has revealed that the Cell Phone No. 7880919630 is being used by Firdous Ahmad Ahanger S/O Abdul Rehman Ahanger R/O Nundresh Colony Bemina, Srinagar, who has used said SIM card mostly during late night hours with cell No’s. 9419050417, 9906508934, 9419034755 and 94190749502 which belong to Superintending Engineer PMGSY Sgr, Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara, Tehsildar Uri and Chief Education Officer Ganderbal respectively,” he said.
“The said suspect introduced himself as Minister for R&B and Minster for Revenue luring them under the pretext of transfer proposal, so as to extract money from those public servants.”
“The enquiry established that accused Firdous Ahmad Ahanger S/O Ab. Rehman Ahanger R/O Nundresh Colony Bemina Srinagar has used cell No. 7880919630 which is otherwise subscribed in the name of his sister.”
“Furthermore, it was also established that the suspect Firdous Ahmad Ahanger by using a spoof call application, which displayed cell number of concerned minister on the cell phone of the receiver of such calls/ SMS, impersonated himself as minister of concerned department in order to cheat them and extract money from them.”
“Involvement of Firdous Ahmad in Case FIR NO. 46/2018, U/S 419, 420 RPC, 66D IT Act of similar nature has earlier surfaced. Crime Branch has requested people to remain cautious to such fraudster,” said the spokesman.