STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Crime Branch on Monday arrested one person for allegedly impersonating as an official from the Chief Secretary’s office and duping people. The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, resident of House No 223, Mohalla Jhullaka, Darbar Garh Jammu, was nabbed from Talab Tillo here. He has allegedly duped and cheated lakhs of rupees from several senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means. “The fraudulent activities of Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person, who claimed to be an officer of personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact him on his mobile No 9797578686. Accordingly Assistant Director Tourism, Leh contacted the accused, who asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposit Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money as they have no source of means there. Subsequently the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh transferred Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later, on enquiry it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary. “On receipt of the complaint, Crime Branch started an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees,” an official of the Crime Branch said.
Accordingly a case FIR No 34/19 under Sections 170 and 420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ.
The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.
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