Made calls to Haryana minister to ‘extort Rs3 cr’ Spoofing
The Delhi Police have arrested two persons for the alleged spoofing of the residential and office landline numbers of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
According to police sources, they have been arrested on the charges of spoofing the numbers by using a banned app “crazy calls” and had allegedly demanded Rs 3 crore towards party funds. The calls were made to Haryana Power Minister Ranjit Singh. A senior Delhi Police official said the accused, Upkaar Singh and Jagtaar Singh, were arrested following a complaint received from the office of the Home Minister, which was lodged in the first week of December.
The callers, while making a call to the Haryana minister, claimed that they were calling from the Home Minister’s residence. They said that they were party workers and demanded Rs 3 crore. The Haryana minister, who received these calls, however got suspicious and approached Shah’s office. He was informed that no such call was made, following which the Delhi police was intimated about the incident.
Police sources said investigators were able to find out that the calls were made through an app. The police traced the number of the accused and then laid a trap by calling Jagtaar Singh. He was asked to come to collect the money and when he did so, he was arrested from the spot. Later following an interrogation, he revealed the name and location of his accomplice Upkaar Singh, who was arrested from Chandigarh.
When contacted, Ranjit Singh confirmed that he had received a call a month back, but he denied that any money was demanded from him.
“I was travelling when I received the call on my mobile phone. The caller introduced himself as Ashish, private secretary of Home Minister Amit Shah. He asked me whether I wanted to meet Shah. I replied in the affirmative. However, the call got disconnected in the middle of our conversation. I called back on the landline number. But Shah’s office told me after inquiring from all the staff that no call had been made from there and there was no private secretary by the name of Ashish in Shah’s office,” said Ranjit Singh.
Ranjit said it had come to his knowledge now that the demand of Rs 3 crore from him had come to the notice of Delhi police during investigation.(TNS)