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Accused ran cow vigilante group; threatened GST officials, cheated govt officials
Ahmedabad’s cyber cell has arrested Lavkush Dwivedi, 28, originally from UP but residing in Sanand. He’s accused of intimidating Class 1 and Class 2 government officials,and presenting himself as a high-ranking CMO official.
Sources reveal that Dwivedi led a cow vigilante group and frequently posed for photos with the state’s top politicians at public events. Many of these politicians, unaware of Dwivedi’s true intentions, were inadvertently associated with him.
In a similar case of such fraud, earlier, Jammu and Kashmir police had nabbed Kiran Patel from Ahmedabad, who deceived many by posing as a PMO official.
Dwivedi’s primary occupation was conducting religious rituals. However, his ambition for quick gains led him to masquerade as a CMO official. A cyber cell official said, “We’ve received tips about him deceiving government officials with promises of attractive positions. We’re investigating this angle too.”
A senior official told Mirror, “He’s believed to have conned individuals in UP, MP, and Rajasthan. We’re collaborating with our peers in these states to gather evidence against him. We suspect he’s not alone; others in his circle might have posed as top officials, scamming people across these states.” Dwivedi’s cover was blown when a complaint was lodged about an unidentified individual, claiming to be a top CMO official, making threatening calls from a specific number. This individual was pressuring officials to halt a GST evasion investigation.
“Upon probing, we traced the number to Dwivedi in Sanand. Preliminary questioning revealed that the GST department had notified his uncle in Unjha. To obstruct the inquiry, Dwivedi was warning the GST officials,” said ACP J M Yadav of the cybercrime cell.