SRINAGAR: The Crime Branch Kashmir has booked a man under sections 419, 420 RPC, 66D Information Technology Act for allegedly impersonating himself as minister on phone and demanding money from officials.
A statement issued by the department said that one Firdous Ahmad Ahanger, resident of Nundresh Colony Bemina, used his phone installed with a spoof application to introduce himself as Minister for R&B and Minister for Revenue Department and demanded money from engineers of PWD in the name of ministers and bureaucrats.
The statement said investigation against a phone number used for the calls revealed that the number was used by Firdous, mostly during late night hours to call on numbers of Superintending Engineer PMGSY Srinagar, Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara, Tehsildar Uri and Chief Education Officer Ganderbal.
The suspect introduced himself as minister for R&B and Minster for Revenue, luring them under the pretext of transfer proposal, so as to extract money from them. The enquiry established that accused used the cell no which is subscribed in the name of his sister.
Furthermore, the statement added that the suspect was using a spoof call application, which displayed cell number of concerned minister on the cell phone of the receiver, impersonated himself as minister of concerned department in order to cheat them and extract money from them.