Crime: Damphu police on July 8 arrested a 29-year-old woman for cheating a man of Nu 47,000 by impersonating a survey officer.
The woman had claimed that she was surveying a kidu land and had also forged a document.
The incident came to light when the gewog administrative officer of Tsholingkhar sought suggestions from police on how to go about a case where a stranger had cheated a man.
According to the gewog office’s statement to police, the man, Chandra Bdr Tamang, came to the gewog office to seek help to get in touch with the survey madam, whose phone was switched off and to whom he had already paid Nu 47,000 as land survey fee.
The accused is from Samtse and had graduated from Darjeeling, India. She lives in Tsirang with her husband.
Chandra Bdr Tamang’s statement to police states that he received the first call from the accused on May 25 inquiring if he had applied for land kidu. He denied applying for one.
“After the call, I realised that I had applied for land kidu in 1995 and called back, but no one answered the call,” he said.
The following afternoon, he received a call from the accused saying that he had applied for land kidu many years ago. He was told that he had to pay Nu 47,000 as survey fee, which would be returned once the formalities were over.
He was even told by the accused that another man from Tsholingkhar had also applied for land kidu and whoever paid her the survey fee first would be given the land kidu.
“I arranged Nu 47,000 hoping that I would get a land surveyed and called the accused but she said she was moving to another place and asked the man to leave the money in a shop,” he said.
He said that while sharing the news to his son in Thimphu, he was asked to get a receipt, which he received through fax.
Police found that the issuance of receipt was from Thimphu but is yet to validate its authenticity. “We are still investigating it and we will be giving the receipt number to revenue and customs office in Thimphu to cross check the number,” a police official said.
The accused has confessed that she had over written on an old receipt she had.
Police traced the number she had used to contact the man victim and found that it was registered in one of the farmers’ name in Tsirang.
Once the investigation completes, she will be charged to court for forgery and impersonation.
By Yeshey Dema, Tsirang