LUCKNOW: A Class-X boy created a Twitter handle using the name of UP director general of police (DGP) just to make local cops in Gorakhpur district take action in a cheating case in which his elder brother had been gypped of Rs 45,000. The cops, who had not been taking action on their complaint, acted swiftly and the cheat even returned Rs 30,000 to the minor’s brother and promised the remaining amount soon.
The boy and one of his friends involved in the case were detained and let off with a stern warning at the behest of the DGP. “We took a reformative approach and let off both the school-going kids, as any action would have affected their future,” DGP OP Singh said.
The incident came to light over a month ago when the DGP office reported the matter to the Hazratganj police and subsequently a case was registered. The case was assigned to the cyber cell, which found that the Twitter handle, in the name ‘OP Singh’ and displaying the DGP’s photo, was being operated from a phone in Maharajganj police station area of Gorakhpur. The cyber cell worked on the case further and tracked the boy behind the cyber fraud.
Cyber cell detained the boy on saturday.On questioning boy said that one Sadiq Ansari of Maharajganj had taken Rs 45,000 from his brother, promising him a job in Dubai. When Ansari did not keep his promise, his family lodged a complaint with the Gulharia Bazaar police but no action was taken.
According to the boy, on many occasions he accompanied his family to the police station to pursue the case but did not get any help.
In his statement, the class-X student spoke about the other boy from his village who suggested to him to make a Twitter account in the name of the DGP and then instruct SSP Gorakhapur to expedite the case.