Man held for duping people as ‘ITDA officer’

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Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police has arrested a person on charges of duping two tribal vendors by impersonating as Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) officer.

The accused, a security guard by profession, has been identified as Lakshman Panda of Ganjam district. He was staying in Bhubaneswar from past few years.

According to reports, two tribal vendors of Koraput district–Shashi Paligudia and Damei Nayak were allotted a stall at IDCO Exhibition Ground for the annual tribal fair in Bhubaneswar. The youth impersonating himself as an ITDA officer had asked the duo to pay him all their earnings to win Rs 1 crore prize award for best forest products in the week-long fair.

The victims without consulting anyone paid Rs 1.40 lakh to the fake official.

Later, they realised that they have been duped by the person following which a complaint was lodged at the Capital Police Station.

During the investigation, the Commissionerate police managed to ascertain the whereabouts of the accused by tracking the theft mobile phones of the victims.

However, Panda was nabbed from Baramunda Bus Stand in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday morning.

Besides, the cops have also seized Rs 1.20 lakh in cash and two mobile phones from his possession.

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