Kochi: Two men were arrested from Uttar Pradesh on Saturday for creating a fake social media account in the name of ADGP Vijay Sakhare and seeking money from his friends on Facebook.
Nissar (22) and Mushtaq Khan (32) were arrested from Chauki Bangar village in the Mathura district in that state, the police said.
"The accused, Khan, is a mithra official with a public bank and had opened several bank accounts in the name of many illiterate farmers and labourers of various villages there," Kochi cyber crime police said in a release.
The sleuths, headed by city police commissioner C H Nagaraju, nabbed the duo after analysing over 60 phone numbers and mobile phones and various IP addresses. A five member team then left for Uttar Pradesh and arrested them.
The fake social media account of the senior IPS officer of the state was made in May this year.
Similar attempts of fake social media profiles of other police officials were also made in the state during the last two months by fraudsters.