Karachi: Fake Nadra officer held
KARACHI: As reported by The News on Tuesday, a man who had allegedly been involved in defrauding the flood victims on the pretext of helping them get their Watan Cards was arrested by the Mobina Town police.
Police also recovered some tokens, CNICs and Watan Cards from the possession of the accused.
According to the details, a flood-victim, Faiz Mohammed, originally from District Kashmore and currently residing at an IDP camp at a government school in Mosamiyat near the Jauhar Degree College, lodged a complaint at the Mobina Town police that a man had fraudulently taken some money from him for getting him his token for the Watan Card at the Nadra office on the main University Road.
He told the police that as he had been waiting in a queue to get a token for the Watan Card at the Nadra office, a man, Syed Ali Asghar Shah, impersonating as an officer of Nadra, approached him and told him that he could get him his token for the card without his having to wait in the queue if he paid him Rs300.
Faiz accepted the offer and paid the alleged impersonator Rs300 upon which he was asked to wait for him to get him his card. But when the stranger didn’t return for some time, Faiz became alarmed and started searching for him, but to no avail.
Disappointed, Faiz informed an officer on a police mobile about the whole episode. On the complaint of Faiz, the police officer with his colleagues went into the office of Nadra looking for the impersonator.
They were told by the Nadra office staff that Ali Asghar had not been an employee of Nadra but was impersonating as one, defrauding the people.
The police personnel mounted a search for the accused and found him present behind the Nadra office where they took him in custody, recovering three Watan Cards and 14 tokens, three CNICs, some cash and a cell phone from him.
The accused was taken to the police station for interrogation during which it transpired that the accused had been operating outside the Nadra office since the government had started issuing the Watan Cards for the flood-affected people, defrauding several victims.
He used to take Rs3,000 to Rs4,000 from the flood victims for getting them their cards.
Police said that they were also interrogating the accused about the involvement of anyone from Nadra office.