Police charges two-year-old with scamming Benazir Income Support Program
The situation came to light when the father of the toddler, Fayaz Shah, appeared at the judicial magistrate's office with the child to seek bail.
The police have charged a two-year-old with scamming Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).
In what can be seen as a case of professional negligence, Jackson police in Karachi ‘accidentally’ listed a two-year-old as a suspect in an alleged scam involving the use of fake fingerprints to ‘defraud’ the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
Police list a two-year-old as a suspect in a scam
The situation came to light when the father of the toddler, Fayaz Shah, appeared at the judicial magistrate’s office with the child to seek bail. Under Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the magistrate has asked the investigation officer (IO) to testify and present a detailed report on the subject by 13th February 2023.
Previously, the police apprehended a culprit on the suspicion of scamming BISP beneficiaries by using fake fingerprints. In the FIR, the police implicated his siblings and relatives, including the two-year-old child. The suspect is currently in judicial custody, while the rest are being labeled as fugitives.
The father’s boy’s council, Advocate Liaquat Ali Gabol, also voiced his concerns over the police barging into their residence to arrest the child and has also asked the court to intervene against the police. An FIR has been filed under many sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 419 (cheating by personation), 34 (common intention), 471 (using forged documents as real), 468 (forgery for cheating), and 420 (cheating).
BISP officers are terminated for being in scam
Prior to this, BISP officers, who were involved in drawing money from the program on their own were terminated from the services. Furthermore, a list of 2,700 government employees has also been shared with the FIA.
The Senate Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety was told that 3,000 phone numbers have been blocked, 440 FIRs have been filed and vigilance exercises were conducted in coordination with FIA and PTA.
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