Pune Police arrest a gang that used fake call app, impersonated as Mah Dy CM Ajit Pawar to extort money from a builder

Pune Crime Branch laid a trap and arranged fake currency notes to hand over to the extortionists who were arrested. The accused used a fake call app and called the builder introducing themselves as Ajit Pawar

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Maharashtra Dy CM Ajit Pawar

New Delhi, January 15

The Pune Police busted a gang that impersonated as Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and gave an extortion call using a ‘fake call’ application.

The police have identified the accused as Navnath Bhausaheb Chormale and Akash Sharad Nikalje of Wade Bolhai in Haveli, Sunil alias Bala Gautam Waghmare and Kiran Rambhau Kakade from Theoor, Saurabh Narayan Kakade of Hadapsar and Chaitanya Rajendra Waghmare of Fursungi.

It was accused Kiran Kakade who was found to have made the call using the “fake call app”. The accused demanded Rs. 20 lakhs from the builder. 

According to the police, the accused allegedly downloaded a “fake call app” on his mobile phone, using which they contacted a prominent builder in the city from what appeared to be a mobile phone number used by the deputy chief minister. 

The accused then went to the builder’s office and demanded Rs 20 lakhs to settle a land dispute at Mauje Shiraswadi village in Wade Bolhai.

They also threatened the builder that they would not allow him to complete his project if the money was not paid. They asked him to keep the money ready and left his office saying that they would return to collect it. 

The Pune crime branch team laid a trap and arranged fake currency notes to hand over to the extortionists. The police asked the builder to keep four bundles of 400 dummy currency notes of Rs 500 denomination ready to be handed over to the accused. 

When the accused reached the builder’s office, they were caught red-handed while accepting the fake currency notes. 

The police have registered an FIR at Bund Garden police station and the police arrested the six men under IPC sections 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts by several persons with common intention) and sections of the Information Technology Act.


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