PANAJI: Goa Police has claimed that the letter circulating on social media alleging extortion of club and restaurant owners in the state by a prominent political leader originated from a mobile number used in Vietnam, and was found to be fake.
Pursuant to a letter that was circulated via social media regarding allegations of extortion of club and restaurant owners from Goa by collection agent and goons, an enquiry was conducted by Crime Branch, Goa.
On enquiry it was found that there were no names of complainants in the complaint other than SEVEN illegible signatures.
The complaint originated from a Vietnam number +84 334364121 via WhatsApp, from which it was sent to different numbers on 16.03.2022. The names could not be made out in the complaint.
Separately, two persons namely – Gopal Kucchadkar gave a complaint to Porvorim Police Station and Sahil Adwalpalkar gave complaint to Panaji Police Station, in which they stated that a fake letter was sent to them through number +84334367121, and on close inspections of signatures, the surnames in signatures resembles their surnames, and since they were club owners of night club, they wanted to register a Police case of forgery.
They also said that the letter was a malicious act to defame Goa, the Goan Government and the Chief Minister.
The other names could not be made out from the complaint. The number is from Vietnam and CYBER Crime Unit is conducting inquiry to trace the origin of complaint. Since the complaint is pseudonymous the veracity of the complaint could not be ascertained.
The origin of complaint is from Foreign country, Vietnam and since the complainants could not be traced it primarily appears that the letter was made by some cyber criminals or disgruntled people to malign and defame Goan Government and Chief Minister Goa.