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Fake IT, Vigilance officers nabbed

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Jabalpur, Jul 7 (UNI) Two people have been arrested for posing as Income Tax (I-T) and Vigilance officers and demanding Rs 5 lakh from a government official, police today said.

Mr Ganesh Verma, a resident of the local Katanga area, is posted at Mandla as an executive engineer in the Irrigation Department. He filed a police complaint that on July 3, two people arrived at his residence with a file and introduced themselves to his wife as IT and Vigilance officers.

Ms Verma was informed that complaints of ''severe irregularities'' were filed against her husband and she was told to call him and ask him to come here. After Mr Verma reached here yesterday, the two told him to come to a hotel with Rs 5 lakh.

Mr Verma promptly alerted the police.

A team led by Gorakhpur Station House Officer Rajesh Tiwari traced the accused's telephone call. Satyadev Pande and Gyandeep Parmanik were apprehended from Chandni Hotel near the Bus Stand and a fake file seized.

''Pande is a Forest Department assistant project manager posted at this district's Kundam while Parmanik used to work as a lodge manager. Interrogation is revealing that many other people have been similarly swindled,'' Mr Tiwari said.

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