Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police today arrested a man who impersonated as a journalist and duped an autowallah of around Rs 3.75 lakh on the pretext of providing him a land and a job, police said.
The accused has been identified as Prasanjit Mohanty (35), a resident of Matha Sahi under Chauliaganj police station in Cuttack.
According to police, the accused man was posing himself as a senior journalist with The Times of India and also an advocate.
Prasanjit, a hotel management graduate and speaks fluent English, was arrested from Bermunda bus stand.
According to police, Prasanjit had taken Rs 3.7 lakh from Niranjan Pradhan, an autowallah, on the pretext of proving a job to his son and a piece of land in the city.
Niranjan had given the amount to Prasanjit 5 months ago when the two met during an occasion in Cuttack. When later failed to kept his words, Niranjan asked him money back but he didn’t return. Finding no other options, he lodged a complaint against Prasanjit.
“Acting as per the complaint, we conducted a search and finally nabbed Prasanjit this morning near Bermunda bus stop while he was trying to leave the city,” said Bijay Kumar Das, Inspector at Khandagiri Police Station.
Police registered a case (251/18) under Sections 419, 420,468 and 471 of the IPC.
He has been forwarded to court, said the police officer.