The Hush Post: A man posed as an IAS officer on a matrimonial site and then demanded dowry worth Rs 4 crore. In fact, the girls family said they didn’t mind giving Rs 1 crore but before that his lie was caught.
Manjeet Raj pretended to be an OSD to Puducherry Lieutenant Governor but was arrested when he came to Agra for his engagement ceremony with a city-based girl. The accused was sent to jail on Monday.
Identified as 29-year-old Manjeet, who originally comes from Nari Pachdevra village of Ghazipur, he currently lives in Ramesh Nagar locality in West Delhi.
As per the police, some years ago Manjeet took coaching for civil service exams in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. However, he failed to crack the exam. Later, he began posting his photos outside important places in Delhi such as, the parliament house or the North or South Block.
He also posted wrong information on a matrimonial site and met the girl in question whose father is a retired senior officer living in upmarket Lawyer’s Colony in Agra.
“Manjeet demanded Rs 4 crore as dowry, but the girl’s family agreed to pay Rs 1 crore. However, Manjeet demanded Rs 4 lakh for jewellery and clothes for the girl. That is when the family grew doubtful and sought police help for a check of his background,”police officials said.
Anuj Kumar, Station House Officer of New Agra, said, “The accused was earlier arrested for fraud in Ghazipur as well. He would dress up formally in bandgalas and would act like a bureaucrat. His Facebook profile suggests and everyone who knows him through facebook thinks he is an IAS officer.
“On Sunday evening, he came with his family for the engagement ceremony but was caught off guard, after he saw the police team waiting for him along with girl’s relative. During questioning, he confessed to his crime,” SHO said.
Kumar said, “We have arrested Manjeet Raj, his father Shiv Govind and two other men Ramshankar and Dharmendar for fraud and have booked them under IPC’s sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (fraud). The team also managed to recover Rs 2.54 lakh cash and Rs 1.5 lakh worth jewellery along with Rs 30,000 worth clothes and an Innova Crystal gifted by the girl’s family to Manjeet.”
Further investigations are on about the past deeds and frauds carried out by the culprit and his accomplices.