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Two brothers arrested for impersonating ED officers in Odisha


In a personality harking back to actor Akshay Kumar’s audacious portrayal within the movie Particular 26, two siblings from Odisha have masterminded plots duping 300 authorities officers by posing as officers of the Enforcement Directorate.

The arrest of Tarinisen Mohapatra, 30, and Brahmashankar Mohapatra, 27, from Dhenkanal district by the State Police’s Particular Job Power (STF) revealed the crafty ways deployed by the duo to entice unsuspecting officers.

The STF probe revealed that each brothers have been sustaining an opulent life however had no fixed supply of revenue. They’d resorted to borrowings from individuals of their locality with a view to stick with the identical life-style. When collectors demanded their a reimbursement, each of them escaped to Jharkhand the place they labored in a non-government organisation.

Turned imposters

“Once they ran out of cash, each Tarinisen and Brahmashankar, hatched a plan to cheat the susceptible authorities officers by impersonating themselves as extra director of ED, Bhubaneswar,” mentioned the STF.

Based on the STF, the 2 brothers selected to be ED officers as a result of the investigating company had been in information for widespread raids within the nation. The information retailers too lined actions of the Central company at nice size.

The conmen studied all of the actions of the ED in order that they might imitate it properly to scare and extort authorities officers, mentioned the STF officers. Their information in pc operations got here in useful for creating pretend paperwork.

The 2 brothers used separate SIM playing cards from Odisha and Jharkhand. After amassing cell phone numbers of officers from the listing, they used to make Whatsapp calls to those officers. “In addition they saved their quantity in Truecaller software. They modified their title to ‘Sanjay Mishra ED’ as their profile title,” mentioned STF officers.

State authorities officers who’ve been investigated by anti-corruption bureaus have been focused by the 2 males. “They’d typically inform authorities officers {that a} grievance had been lodged in opposition to them, originating from the vigilance division, concerning a corruption case. They’d declare that the ED was able to launch an investigation and conduct raids in opposition to them,” the company mentioned about their modus operandi.

The imposters would demand cash to halt the fabricated investigation. Preliminary findings reveal that the 2 brothers contacted roughly 340 authorities officers and that they managed to extort cash in quite a few cases.

So far, the STF has tracked transactions price greater than ₹16 lakh. An STF assertion indicated that ongoing investigations would additionally decide in the event that they have been concerned in related impersonation actions in Jharkhand.

A laptop computer, 5 cell handset, a number of financial institution passbooks and cheque books, pretend Identification playing cards and 17 pretend ATM-cum-debit playing cards have been recovered from their possession.

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