A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating as a DANICS officer, posing as an Assistant Commissioner, Sales Tax (D-VAT), police said.
Police said the accused, Anurag Gahlot, who could not clear his Civil Services Examination, told police during questioning that he was inspired by the Hollywood film Catch Me If You Can.
DCP (southwest) R A Sanjeev said police seized identity cards obtained through fraudulent means from him. One seized identity card carries the name of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on it. Gahlot ran out of luck when he himself made a PCR call from the Bindpura area in southwest Delhi, telling police that a DANICS officer had been manhandled by residents there.
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“A police team reached the spot. Gahlot introduced himself to the police officers as a 2008-batch DANICS officer and claimed he was an ‘Assistant Commissioner, Sales Tax (D-VAT)’. He showed his identity card to the police and also gave his visiting card to the investigating officer, which had MHA and the national emblem printed on it,” Sanjeev said.
“Becoming suspicious, police launched an inquiry. His name was not found on the list of DANICS officers. Police also made enquiries at the D-VAT section and the enforcement directorate. There was no one by his name working there,” he said.
Police then called him for questioning. “He broke down and confessed to the crime,” Sanjeev said.