Vadodara: An information technology (IT) expert from New Delhi was arrested for making the face Facebook account of city police commissioner Shamsher Singh.
Talking to TOI, Singh said that the arrested accused, Yogesh Sharma, is also a drug addict and a habitual offender.
The cybercrime cell brought 25-year-old Sharma to the city from Delhi. Sharma has made many such fake social media profiles in the past.
“Sharma said that he has been arrested twice in the past for committing similar offences. We are verifying his claims. He also admitted to being a drug addict,” Singh said.
Sharma had created a fake Facebook profile of Singh some days ago and demanded money from his friends online.
Sharma may be using the siphoned money to buy drugs for himself, cybercrime cell sources said.
“He is a Bachelors in Computer Application (BCA), so he understands computers and the related technology well. When our team seized his mobile phone, they saw my photograph in it along with some politicians, police officials as well as media person’s pictures,” Singh added.
When Singh learnt about the bogus FB profile, he immediately got it blocked online and ordered investigation into the case. “We first tracked his bank account number and it led us to his mobile number. The number was then tracked and it led our team to Sharma,” Singh added.
Police have also detained another person whose bank account Sharma was using for money transfers. Investigating officials said that Sharma has duped many persons in the past and they are expecting to arrest some more accused in the case. The cops had also arrested two persons recently for making a fake FB page of Gujarat assembly speaker Rajendra Trivedi.
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