Six men who allegedly raided shops while posing as Central Bureau of Investigation officials have been arrested here.
The arrests were made hours after the accused raided a shop in Fatehpuri on Tuesday. The accused have been involved in similar cases in the past, including one in Lahori Gate earlier this month.
Kaplesh Barot, who runs a shop in the Capital’s Dau Bazar area, told the police that four persons, all in their 30s, came to his shop on Tuesday afternoon. One of them, posing as a high-ranking CBI officer, flashed his identity card and told Mr. Barot that they were there to conduct a raid.
“He was made to sit in a corner and one of them started checking the account books and registers. They then demanded Rs.2 lakh to ‘settle the matter’ and finally agreed on Rs.20,000,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sindhu Pillai.
However, the complainant, who had been sensitised by the local police about the group and its modus operandi after a similar incident in Lahori Gate, got suspicious and raised an alarm.
At this, people in and around the shop caught the impostors and handed them over to the local police. Two others were arrested on their instance.
Two toy wireless sets, four fake CBI identity cards, three cars, seven CBI stamps, one fake driving license and CBI visiting cards in the name of the main accused, Sudhanshu Shukla, were allegedly recovered from their possession.
During interrogation, Sudhanshu purportedly revealed that he always wanted to join the CBI. Last year, he met one Bhogender Jha who arranged the fake CBI identity cards.