Chandigarh Police Wednesday arrested seven persons for allegedly cheating a resident of Rs 8 lakh and gold and silver jewellery by impersonating income tax officers. Police said they seized Rs 7 lakh cash, 3 kg silver, a car, involved in the incident, and fake ID Cards of Income Tax Department.
Amarbir Singh (35), Vicky Kumar (25), Bhupinder Singh (45), Charanjit Singh (47), Virender Singh (24), Manish Kumar (28) and Prem Kumar (27), were produced in a local court, which sent them to three days’ police remand.
The case was registered on the complaint of 35-year-old Pappu Kumar, a plaster of paris painter. On October 31, Kumar alleged, around 6 am, two unknown persons came to his residence at Sector 52, posing as income tax officers and took away a bag containing Rs 8 lakh, a gold necklace (two tolas), four gold rings and silver. The accused told Kumar that their office is situated at the back of ISBT-43 and if he wants to release the property, he will have to come with the proof. When Kumar could not trace the I-T office at Sector 43, he informed the police.
Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nilambari Vijay Jagdale said that accused Virender is a cousin of one Ramandeep Singh, brother-in-law of the complainant. “He got an information that Ramandeep’s in-laws have huge amount of cash and gold and silver ornaments in their house. As accused Virender does not have a cordial relation with the complainant’s family, he, along with his friend Prem hatched the criminal conspiracy to get hold of the money and ornaments. They involved Charanjit alias Channi and Vicky, who were previously involved in robbery cases in Barnala and Jalandhar,” said the SSP.
Around 15 days ago, Virender, along with Prem Singla and Manish came to Sector 52. Virender showed them Kumar’s house and they had a recce around the neighbourhood. They prepared their fake ID cards and then on October 31, Vicky, Amarbir, Manish, Bhupinder and Prem came to Sector 52 by their i10 car. Accused Amarbir and Vicky went to Kumar’s house by introducing themselves as income tax officers by showing fake ID cards. Manish stood in front of the house and rest remained seated in the car, parked near a school in Sector 52. After committing the crime, they all fled away and divided cash, about Rs 1.15 lakh each, and jewellery among themselves at Barnala. All the accused had spent approx Rs 15,000 from their shares,” he said.