Thursday 22 October 2020


- Posted on 23 September 2020

CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 23: Punjab Police has arrested Constable Manjinder Singh for duping several persons by impersonating as PA to the Chief Minister, and using the Truecaller app to falsely project him as senior officer of various designations.

DGP Dinkar Gupta has directed Special DGP Punjab Armed Police to dismiss the constable, who has been found to be indulging in criminal acts and was acquitted in three different cases on earlier occasion. Recruited as a constable in Punjab Police in 2006, the cop was at present deployed as a Sentry Guard at 1st IRB near 21 No. Overbridge, Patiala.

Gupta said the police initiated action after Vijay N Zade, Secretary Expenditure and Director Mining, informed that he had  been getting calls from a person claiming that he was speaking from CM’s residence. When it was checked, it was found that no such person was on duty in CM’s residence or office. However, The Truecaller showed that the call had emanated from “CM house Chd”, Gupta said. 

An MBA, the suspect used to call various government officials, and often introduced himself as Kuldeep Singh, PA to CM Punjab. He was making creative use of technology to shield his original identity, the DGP said, adding  that the cop was apparently manipulating the Truecaller app to identify himself as someone from CM office Chandigarh, SSP Chandigarh, DC Muktsar, among others.

Eight mobile phones of various companies like Lava, Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, Panasonic, along with 12 SIM cards, have been recovered from the constable’s possession, along with an Innova car, copies of Aadhar, voter cards and marksheets of other individuals, etc. The Innova car (white colour) with Registration no. PB 11 AB 0108 had a Flag Road and VIP stickers pasted on the front glass, said the DGP.

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