A man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a high-ranking government official and duping people on the pretext of providing them government jobs.The accused, Parminder Singh Toor, who hails from Fatehabad in Haryana and stays at the ATS, Dera Bassi, has been arrested along with six accomplices in connection with cheating people.
The other accused who have been arrested are Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Moga, Aadsach Singh, a resident of Fazilka, Balwinder Singh, Varinder Singh, Parminder Singh and driver Bunty, sources said.The police have also impounded his Range Rover bearing a VIP registration number (DBZ 1) and also recovered a .32-bore revolver, 10 live cartridges, Rs 4 lakh, five mobile phones and some forged papers, including cheque books, from Toor, the main accused.The police claimed to have impounded another vehicle, a Mahindra Scorpio (PB 65 AF(T) 2112), with a beacon atop, which the accused used as a pilot car.The sources said Toor had been staying here for the past couple of years. He introduced himself as a government official and used to move around in the Range Rover and had also hired security guards, who used to accompany him in the Mahindra Scorpio.
An officer linked with the investigation said they received information that the accused had been cheating people in the city on the pretext of providing them jobs. The sources said the accused used to claim that he knew higher-ups in the government, who would help him in providing them jobs in various departments.Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal said the police received a tip-off about a gang involved in cheating people on the pretext of providing them jobs.The gang used to trap people and extort money from them. A police team, under the supervision of DSP Purshottam Singh Bal, raided a hotel on VIP Road and nabbed Parminder Singh, Balwinder Singh and Varinder Singh.The police said all accused were produced in a local court today which remanded them in judicial custody. The police have launched a combing operation to nab the other members of the gang.
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