Failure to immediately cross check a reported call for monetary help made purportedly by a senior officer cost three station officers (SOs) in Uttar Pradeshs Saharanpur district.
The SOs - allegedly from Behat,Nanuata and Kotwali police stations - deposited Rs 2.4 lakh in a bank account through cheques after receiving calls from Range DIG Mutha Ashok Jain,who asked for money for the treatment for one of his family members.
The matter came to light when one of the SOs spoke to the DIG,but only after depositing the cheque.
The Saharanpur police conducted an inquiry and later lodged an FIR against an unidentified person at Behat police station Monday. Applications have also been filed in the bank to stop payment from the account.
Saharanpur SSP Devendra Kumar Chaudhary said the district cyber cell has been asked to probe the incident. He refused to divulge details of the case but confirmed that Rs 2.40 lakh was deposited in the account by the police officers. Two SOs deposited Rs 1 lakh each while the third deposited Rs 40,000.
DIG Jain could not be reached for comment.
Police said on Saturday evening the three SOs got calls on their cellphones purportedly from the DIG.
The person at the other end spoke for a few seconds and then hung up saying he would call from his personal number.
A few minutes later,the person made another call and asked the SOs for money. He also gave them a bank account number.
Station Officer of Nanuata police station,Sanjay Pandey,said after receiving the call,he conducted an inquiry and later contacted the DIG range who denied having made any call.
Behat SO Sunil Kumar said after coming to know about the fraud,he registered an FIR against an unidentified person on charges of fraud and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. SHO of Kotwali police station Inspector Chaman Singh refused to talk.
Earlier,four SHOs in Meerut were called by an unidentified person who claimed to be the DIG Range and asked them to immediately deposit Rs 40,000 in an account. Another call was made by state health minister Ahmed Hasan to the DIG to transfer a constable to Ghaziabad. The recipients immediately contacted the genuine persons,who denied having made the calls.