New Delhi: A 44-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly posing as a senior bureaucrat and an assistant professor at AIIMS here to cheat people. Also Read - Republic Day 2021: India All Set For Mega Celebrations Amid Elaborate Security Arrangements | Key Points

The accused has been identified as Devendra Kumar Mishra, a resident of Madhya Pradesh, police said. Also Read - Farmers’ Republic Day Tractor Rally: Delhi Police Issues Traffic Advisory | Routes to Avoid, Other Details Here

Mishra was posing as a visiting faculty at AIIMS’ cardiology department and Army Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, and an advisor in NITI Aayog to cheat the public, a senior officer said. Also Read - Banned Sikh Outfit Threatens to Disrupt Delhi's Power Supply on Republic Day, Security Tightened

“On Tuesday, he was apprehended from central Delhi,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shibesh Singh said.

Two mobile phones, three SIM cards, fake ID cards of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and AIIMS, and Rs 68,000 cash were recovered from his possession, the police said.

During interrogation, Mishra told the police that he came to Delhi in 2008 and started a blood collection centre at Vinod Nagar, Laxmi Nagar. However, he had to shut shop due to losses, they said.

Thereafter, he started cheating people by posing as senior bureaucrats and doctor of prestigious hospitals, they added.

He also approached the district magistrate of Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh to issue a gun license to one Sanjay Sharma in lieu of money, the police said.

(With PTI inputs)