Two of the fake identity cards recovered from Khan showed she was also posing as a UNSC nuclear officer and a US diplomat in Afghanistan. (Photo: Noida Police/Twitter)
The Noida Police on Thursday arrested a woman who posed as a fake Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, and her former banker husband for duping multiple agencies and enjoying government gunners and police escorts across NCR towns such as Noida, Gurugram, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Moradabad for as long as 18 months.
A masters in political science from Delhi University, 35-year-old Zoya Khan always wanted to be a civil servant. She failed the exam in 2007 but that didn’t deter her from getting what she wanted. When she was with her government security, police personnel and others used to salute her, it has been learnt during the police investigation.
On March 23, Khan phoned Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) SSP Vaibhav Krishna and yelled at him for delaying police escorts. The cop got suspicious and ordered an investigation and a raid. Her cover was blown. They were arrested from their rented 3-BHK apartment in Noida Extension's Gaur City-2. Khan, 35, is a Meerut-based doctor's daughter. Singh, 40, is a Kanpur police officer's son, the India Today reported.
Two of the fake identity cards recovered from Khan showed she was also posing as a UNSC nuclear officer and a US diplomat in Afghanistan. The police also seized two luxury cars (a black Mahindra XUV 500 with Delhi registration number plate and blue beacon, and a grey Mercedes with Haryana number plate), laptops, phones, walkie-talkies and a fake pistol from them.
It was also reported that Khan was provided security at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Meerut last week. Some reports also claimed that she was in the PM's security team, adding that she has sent information to Afghanistan and some other nations. However, Noida Police denied the claims, with Noida SSP Krishna saying that no such evidence exists.
"No evidence of these two arrested accused going to the PM's rally in Meerut. The so-called 'Afghanistan' connection has not been found. Please do not sensationalise things. This is a cheating/forgery case only," Krishna tweeted.
Krishna said that she used a mobile app that made her sound like a male and created fake e-mail addresses. "The duo made fake ID cards. In one of her forged cards, she posed as Nuclear Policy Officer of United Nations Security Council. She also had a fake United States Department of State card. Another of her card mentions Afghanistan Embassy," SSP Krishna said.
#NoidaPolice ~ फर्जी #IFS अधिकारी महिला एवं उसका पति गिरफ्तार, कब्जे से फर्जी यूनाइटेड स्टेट डिपार्टमेंट का डिप्लोमेटिक पहचान पत्र, दो लैपटॉप, दो वॉकी-टॉकी वायरलेस सैट, 04 मोबाइल, 01 पिस्टल नुमा लाईटर, एक्सयूवी महिंद्रा नीली बत्ती लगी गाड़ी एवं मर्सिडीज कार बरामद @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/aQTMVh6JFn— NOIDA POLICE (@noidapolice) April 4, 2019
During the investigation, it was found that she had made a fake email ID - email@example.com to drop mails to senior police officials demanding government gunners to escort her.
To avoid being caught, she registered the fake ID with Godaddy domain and paid the registration fee via net banking, it has been learnt. We are investigating the matter from all possible angles, the police said.