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Former Army-aspirant cheated people by donning uniform; held

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

A 25-year-old man who allegedly duped several people by posing as an army officer was arrested here Friday, the police said.

Shubhkant Chaturvedi, the accused, allegedly introduced himself as 'Major Vihan Singh Shergill', a police officer said.

Major Vihan Singh Shergill is the lead character played by actor Vicky Kaushal in the recently released film "Uri".

"He is resident of Chanderi in Ashok Nagar district of Madhya Pradesh," said Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Amrendra Singh said.

Another false identity he sometimes used was 'Captain Rudraskh Sandhu', the ASP said.

Chaturvedi apparently wanted to join the Army but failed to crack the entrance exam, after which he took to masquerading as an army officer and duping people, he said.

He allegedly took Rs 34,700 from Anand Trivedi, resident of Sukhlia area, as a 'deposit' after promising him to obtain a car auctioned by the Army at a cheap rate, and then disappeared.

Trivedi then lodged a complaint at Banganaga police station.

Chaturvedi had also allegedly misled some women by posing as an army officer, the ASP said, adding that everytime he cheated someone, he changed his mobile number.

The Army authorities were helping police in the probe, the ASP added.

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First Published: Fri, March 01 2019. 20:45 IST