Somnath and Dwarka are teeming with devotees these days and there’s no dearth of imposters trying to take advantage of VIP darshan. On Sunday, three persons were arrested from Somnath after they posed as IAS officers and HC judge while demanding proper VIP arrangements for themselves with the Gir-Somnath Deputy Collector.
‘Deputy Secretary of Law from Delhi’: Gir Somnath Deputy Collector S H Zankar got a call on Sunday on her official number. She said, the caller identified himself as Deputy Secretary of Law from Delhi. He said a VIP woman, who is a high court judge, is visiting Somnath with two other advocates and requested to make arrangements for lodging, boarding and darshan for them. He also left instructions to provide two cars and make lodging arrangements in Diu and Girl as well. When Zankar asked for an official letter, he said even PM Modi takes advice from the judge who will shortly be elevated as a Supreme Court judge.
The imposter said he had already talked with the Collector who gave him her number. He went to the extent of identifying himself and others as guests of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Zankar immediately called up the Collector and found that he had received no such call. In the meantime, the imposter again called up Zankar with the same instructions and said they were in Devbhoomi Dwarka.
So called VIPs had tiff over Rs2,500 charges: When collectorate officials checked with the Dwarka administration, they learnt the so-called VIPS had entered into a tiff over payment of Rs 2,500 charge at the place they were staying which did not suit genuine VIPs. What raised Zankar’s suspicion was the overbearing of attitude the caller who identified himself simply as Rai, an IAS officer of 1987 batch. A few phone calls revealed that there was no Rai in the batch 1987 and even the woman he identified as an HC judge did not exist. Officials decide to lay trap for imposter: When it got confirmed that the caller was an imposter, officials decided to lay a trap. They called up the imposter arrangements in saying all the necessary per his instructions had been made.