Jamshedpur, Sep 15: Police here arrested five persons for allegedly trying to extort Rs 5 lakh from a trader by impersonating as Income Tax officers in Potka block of East Singhbhum on Thursday.
Those arrested were identified as Krishna Mohan Sharma (35), Ved Prakash Upadhyay (34), Manish Kumar Das (32), Anil Prasad (37) and Mohammed Aftab Alam Ansari (28), all residents of Jamshedpur.
The officer-in-charge of Potka PS, Arvind Kumar Yadav, said the accused had come in a beacon-mounted SUV with a plate bearing ‘Government of India’ at the house of a cloth trader, Kishan Gupta and sought to check his property and income tax return documents by claiming themselves to be IT sleuths.
The accused claimed the accounts of the trader were not in order as per government norms for which they warned the trader of serious implications. Soon they came to the point and demanded Rs 5 lakh to settle the issue.
The trader smelt something fishy in the goings-on and suspected the genuineness of the self-proclaiming IT sleuths. He asked them to come after an hour to receive the amount as it was not a petty sum after all.
The trader in the meantime informed the police and local villagers. As the five reappeared at the scene, the police caught them. Cops also seized the SUV which was reportedly hired for the purpose of making visits to various planned venues for conducting fake raids.
Police said they were interrogating the accused persons to find out details of crimes committed or attempted by them so far.
The incident evokes to memory scenes from Akshay Kumar-starrer blockbuster Special 26 in which a team of con men rob businessmen and politicians in the garb of sleuths of Income Tax department and CBI.
In the end, the cons manage to give a slip to the real CBI men. But in today’s incident, the trader outsmarted the impostors and saved himself from being robbed.