Indore: A man posing as a police officer conned two cops into helping him dupe a petrol pump owner of Rs 60,000. After realising the gaffe, the cops registered a case against the unidentified conman on Tuesday. Five similar attempts have been reported from the city in the past. However, the cops are still struggling to identify the conman.
Additional Superintendent of Police Shailendra Singh Chouhan said that Ankush Pahuja, owner of Feel and Fly Service Station in Vijay Nagar, lodged a complaint against policemen Anil Jaiswal and Mukesh Lodhi, currently posted at Vijay Nagar police station. Pahuja claimed that the two cops visited his petrol pump and told him that one ASP Mukesh Verma wants to talk to him. They also handed him over a mobile. The caller, who introduced himself as ASP Verma, sought his immediate help and asked Pahuja to call him on his mobile after a few minutes.
After the two cops left, Pahuja called the man posing as fake ASP. The conman told Pahuja that he was currently out of station and was in dire need of Rs 60,000. The fake ASP asked the petrol pump owner to transfer the said amount into his bank account and promised to return it by evening. Without realising that he was being conned, Pahuja sent two of his employees to near by bank to deposit the said amount in two bank accounts provided by the fake ASP. The conman called back in the evening and informed Pahuja that money has been transferred to latter’s account. When the money did not arrive in his account even after four days, Pahuja went to Vijay Nagar police station and inquired with the cops.
The two cops who had visited his petrol pump failed to provide any information about ASP Verma. The unsuspecting cops had merely abided by the order of the Verma without realising that he was a fake. The cops later informed senior police officials and took a written complaint from Pahuja. ASP Chouhan said that the conman first made a call to the police station. He introduced himself as ASP Mukesh Verma. As Verma seemed to know Pahuja quite well, the duty officer did not suspect any wrongdoing and sent two cops to the petrol pump to talk to the owner.
Ongoing investigation revealed that the caller belongs to Rajasthan. The police have managed to trace his location to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. Police claimed that the accused would be arrested soon. In the past, a conman had tried to dupe a petrol pump owner in Aerodrome by posing as ASP Shailendra Singh Chouhan. However, the petrol pump owner confirmed the number from police control room and called the bluff. In this incident too, the conman had contacted Aerodrome police station staff and told them to talk to pump owner. Sources claimed that the conman also tried to dupe petrol pump owner of Rajmohalla, Palsikar Colony, Gouri Nagar and Manpur in a similar fashion but in vain.