MI Operation: City police to transfer case to Indian Army for further action

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2019 08:21:38


By Dheeraj Fartode,

A team of Ganeshpeth police to leave for Himchal Pradesh this week

The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) permitted Ganeshpeth Police to transfer the case of Army Sepoy to Indian Army for further action. The Sepoy was booked for making hoax calls to Ganeshpeth police about Military Intelligence (MI) sleuths conducting a covert operation in one of the localities of the city that caused furor among the establishment in November last.

Police Inspector (PI) Sunil Gangurde of Ganeshpeth Police Station informed ‘The Hitavada’ that the court has given permission to transfer the case. “Our team will leave for Himachal Pradesh to submit the documents of transfer of the case to Indian Army for further action against Pankaj Yergude, a Sepoy in Army Supply Core,” added PI Gangurde.  Yergude, a resident of Bhadravati town of Chandrapur district, in his statement to Indian Army, has already confessed of making the prank calls to Ganeshpeth Police Station.

Yergude made the first phone call to Ganeshpeth police on November 7, and identified himself as Major Pankaj of Colaba (Mumbai) unit of MI. During the call, the Sepoy told police to keep watch on two youngsters living in residential area near Ashirwad talkies who he claimed were in constant touch with their handlers in Karachi through a satellite phone.

Stating that a special team of Mumbai unit of MI will conduct a convert operation, Yergude directed police to keep watch on suspicious activities. On November 9, he called again and told that that MI team had picked two suspects from Bhaldarpura area in a secret operation. This information had created flutter among entire police establishment and intelligence agencies. Even top police officials of city police were confident of the operation’s success.

However, police grew suspicious when an official of MI unit of Kamptee contacted Ganeshpeth police to inquire about the operation. As Yergude was not responding to calls and Kamptee MI officials denied any such covert operation, the police then launched a probe. Cops studied Call Details Record (CDR) of the mobile phone which was showing Himachal Pradesh as the location of the caller. As police were convinced about the hoax phone call, an offence was registered at Ganeshpeth Police Station under Sections 419 and 505 of Indian Penal Code against the user of the phone number.

Top officials of MI interrogated Yergude at Army Cantonment in Himachal Pradesh after MI unit of Kamptee informed them about the operation and his role. Yergude first denied making any such calls during the interrogation on November 10. However, he confessed to crime on November 12 before a special team of City Police.