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Man posing as army officer held

Bhopal, Feb 22 (IANS) A man who approached the police for some work posing as an Indian Army Major has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore town and is being interrogated for terror links, officials said Monday.

‘Dharmendra Soni, a middle-aged man, was arrested late Sunday when he was trying to approach some top cops. As the officials became suspicious, his credential were examined,’ Indore Additional Superintendent of Police (Intelligence) Rajesh Singh Chandel said.

Soni earlier telephoned Inspector General (IG) of Police Sanjay Rana introducing himself as a Major in the army intelligence department. He then came in person to the IG’s office carrying a letter on official army letterhead.

Rana became suspicious and directed Superintendent of Police (East) Makrand Deuskar to investigate his credentials.

Intelligence and crime branch officials visited his house in plain clothes and found his photograph in uniform, some seals, letterheads and a captain’s uniform.

Soni has been picked up for questioning and is being interrogated for terror links by Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) Arvind Tiwari, after which he would be handed over to Mhow military intelligence.

According to police, Soni was a craftsman in the EME unit in Himachal Pradesh from 2001 to 2004. ‘It is, however, not clear whether he is still with the army,’ a police officer said.

Indore is some 200 km from Bhopal.

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