In a bizarre incident and what can be called a serious security lapse, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday arrested a man posing as a top official in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and held meetings with top officials in the Union territory. Reportedly, the conman has been identified as Kiran Bhai Patel and he visited Jammu and Kashmir disguised as he Additional Director of the PMO. Reportedly, Kiran Patel had been visiting the Kashmir Valley since October last year. He even made his way through the Kaman Post in Uri, closer to the Line of Control (LoC), to Lal Chowk in Srinagar before he was arrested. Interestingly, conman Kiran Patel had travelled to several tourist places in Kashmir, including Gulmarg, claiming that the government had tasked him to look for improvement in hotel facilities in the area. Not only this, Kiran Patel had even got Z-plus security cover, a bulletproof SUV, and official accommodation at a five-star hotel in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the administration for a ride. It is pertinent to mention here that reports suggest that it was the CID Branch who detected the conman before central agencies got a wind of it. Now, the question arises who is Kiran Patel?

Who is conman Kiran Patel?

Reportedly, Kiran Patel hails from Gujarat and also has a verified Twitter account. Not only this, but the conman also shared multiple videos of himself enjoying the VIP treatment given by the Jammu and Kashmir Police thinking that he was an official from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Kiran impersonated as an additional director for strategy and campaigns in the Prime Minister's Office. Going by his Twitter handle, he has done a PHD from Commonwealth Uni, Virginia, MBA from IIM TRICHY,. Keeping his so called educational qualification aside, the conman calls himself Thinker, Strategist, Analyst, Campaign Manager on his Twitter bio.

Below are some Kiran Patel's Kashmir videos

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Kiran Patel arrest developments-

As per the FIR lodged in Nishat Police Station in Srinagar, Kiran Patel "indulged in activities within the jurisdiction of this police station and other parts of the Kashmir Valley". He enjoyed government hospitality, was assigned a personal security officer (PSO), and room in a luxury hotel. Kiran Patel has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Pulwama Basheer ul Haq and the Superintendent of Police Zulfkar Azad were questioned by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on how the alleged conman was not caught on time.A team of Gujarat Police also joined the investigation. Till now, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has been tight-lipped about the incident as reported by multiple media outlets.

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