Man held for labelling trader as Pakistani drug smuggler

Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) A man who allegedly cheated a trader here and then created a fake website purportedly in the name of the ‘ministry of narcotics control’ to label him as a Pakistan based drug-smuggler, has been arrested, police said Monday.

Police said Kanishk Sinha had allegedly cheated the trader Keyur Majmudar of Rs.80,000 with the false promise of supplying fuel-less engine he claimed to have developed. Sinha said he would give the distribution rights to Majmudar.

After Majmudar filed a police case of cheating against Sinha, he got enraged and to restrain the complainant ‘hoaxed a fake website’ ‘in the name of the ministry of narcotics control’ on the basis of fabricated documents.

On the website, Sinha posted a message that Keyur Majmudar was actually Gul Rehman, a Pakistan-based drug smuggler who has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for supplying ‘drugs and heroin’ outside that country.

The posting said Majmudar was involved in a case last year in Peshawar, Pakistan, relating to a seizure of 10 kg heroin and ‘e-warrant has been issued against him’.

In the website, created from the mail ID of one Nasir Khan, Sinha also posted Majmudar’s photo taken from the social networking site Facebook.

He then sent mails from the website to the Kolkata commissioner of police, Kolkata narcotics control bureau and others that Keyur Majmudar and Gul Rehman are the same person and wanted in a narcotics case in Pakistan.

After Majmudar lodged a complaint with the city cyber crime department, ‘during investigation it was found out that the questioned website was fake and it did not belong to the Narcotics Control Bureau of India’.

‘We also found that Sinha and Nasir Khan were aliases of the same person,’ a police officer said.

Police claimed that after Sinha was brought to the office of the cyber crime cell Friday, he admitted having created the fake website on the basis of false and fabricated name and documents and sent e-warrants to the complainant.

Sinha has been remanded in police custody till June 5, when he will again be presented in the Alipore chief judicial magistrate’s court.