The Hush Post: An intelligent trick, smart handling of a situation, persistence and presence of mind can help befool petty criminals and goondas involved in illegal activities for making instant money. In Bihar, a woman police officer trapped a notorious gangster with a picture of actress Nayanthara as her profile photo. According to the police, a costly mobile phone which belonged to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Sanjay Kumar Mahato, was stolen by Mohammad Hasnain in Darbhanga district, some 150 km from Patna. A complaint was registered and the case was handed to Assistant Sub-Inspector Madhubala Devi.
A close scrutiny of the call detail records (CDR) of the stolen phone led to the conclusion that Hasnain was still using the mobile handset. The police on several occasions tried to nab the gangster but he always managed to escape. The sharp-witted ASI Madhubala devised a plan. She started posing as a girl who was interested in a love affair with Hasnain.
The officer started calling him at regular intervals for fake love to prosper. Initially, Hasnain showed no interest but soon Hasnain fell into the trap. Hasnain asked the police officer posing as his love interest to send him her photograph. Madhubala had set her mobile phone’s profile picture as south Indian mega star Nayanthara.
“He appeared mad with joy after seeing the photograph and agreed to meet me at a place in Darbhanga town. Finally when he reached the designated place, we arrested him with the help of other policemen in civilian clothes,” Madhubala told an English daily.
The woman police officer donned a burqa and Hasnain failed to identify her, and that’s how he was caught. Mohammad Hasnain confessed to his crime but mentioned that he had purchased the phone for Rs 4,500 from another criminal and using that information, the other criminal was soon arrested by the police as well. The police department of Bihar has announced a reward for Madhubala Devi for her sharp-witted thinking and approach.