Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, October 9
In an interesting development, a trickster posing as an officer of Andhra Pradesh’s elite Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) extracted Rs 7,000 from a MLA in Andhra’s Chittoor district to put off a raid on the MLA.
Chittoor Police spokesperson said that the accused, Harikrishna, claimed to be an ACB officer and tried to intimidate Chittoor MLA Arani Srinivasulu he was instructed to lead a raid at his house an on other political leaders.
Posing as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), the accused told the MLA that he and his team were at a hotel nearby to his house and asked the MLA to send Rs 7,000 for their expenses through a UPI App.
After paying the money, the MLA informed the local police that tracked the call and later nabbed the accused. He has now been booked for criminal intimidation. Police said the man had been previously arrested in cheating cases in multiple locations across Chittoor district.
He was also wanted for cheating unemployed youth by promising them government jobs. Harikrishna would call youngsters for interviews for the promised jobs, and then tell them their appearance was not appropriate.
He would find fault with their clothes or facial hair, and take them to a nearby place to get them to change their look and in the meantime get friendly with them and extract money on one pretext or the other.