Delhi

Cheat beaten at his own game

Claimed to be a ‘Murder Investigation Officer’ with CBI, promised jobs to siblings

A 36-year-old man who allegedly cheated several people of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of getting them a job with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) met his Waterloo in the form of his victim, a 24-year-old woman, and her brother.

New Usmanpur resident Shiza Mirza had in July joined a Nirman Vihar-based hair-styling academy, where she came in contact with fellow student Ayyu.

He allegedly told Ms. Mirza that he had taken an exam for a CBI job and was most likely to clear it.

‘Access to CBI Director’

“He distributed sweets at the academy one day claiming he was now a ‘Murder Investigation Officer’ with the CBI. Since he had told me about taking the exam, I believed him,” said Ms. Mirza, claiming that Ayyu told her he could get her a job with the CBI in exchange for some money.

The accused claimed he had easy access to CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma as he tutored his children.

“He took over ₹80,000 in instalments of ₹62,400, ₹6,700, ₹6,870, ₹2,200, and ₹2,226. All transactions took place in Connaught Place,” said Ms. Mirza, adding that he allegedly showed her a ‘Ministry of Home Affairs’ document which only strengthened her belief in his claim.

“He asked me to sign the ‘Ministry of Home Affairs’ document, which had my name as the ‘Purchase’s Candidates Name’. It also carried the stamp of the ‘Executive Magistrate’ and a ‘Police Station’,” she said, adding that she took a photograph of the document.

Eventually, Ayyu stopped coming to the academy. When she started asking him about her CBI job on the phone, he started dodging her questions. “That’s when I suspected something was wrong,” she said.

Forged document

Her brother Ahmed Ali Baig, who was in the know of the situation since the beginning, showed the document to a neighbour who is a government official.

“He told us the document was forged. We asked around in the academy and discovered that Ayyu had conned several others on the same pretext,” said Mr. Baig.

To be doubly sure, Mr. Baig told Ayyu that he too wanted a job with the CBI and gave him ₹8,000 to see if would get the same document as his sister.

“Ayyu gave me the same document. That’s when we decided to beat him at his own game,” said Mr. Baig, adding that his sister and he informed the police as well.

On the pretext of giving him the second instalment of ₹65,000, the siblings asked Ayyu to meet them in Connaught Place on July 28 at the very spot where all previous transactions had taken place.

Accused confronted

“When he arrived, I held his hand and told him that I knew he had conned us. Other victims who had accompanied us came out from their hiding spots and stood in front of him,” said Mr. Baig, adding that Ayyu allegedly begged the victims to believe him.

“He had a fauji haircut and injury marks on the face and body. He claimed he was undergoing a crucial training, which is why his hair looked like that and he was bruised,” said Mr. Baig.

The police reached the spot and apprehended the accused. It was revealed later that his name is Karamchand. A case under Section 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Connaught Place police station.

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