Air Force shoots down conman from cloud nine
28 August 2009
BANGALORE: When a flight lieutenant from Ambala air base in Haryana came down to the Air Force camp at Yelahanka, he was treated with due respect when he stayed at the guest house and brought his girlfriend to meet them. Few doubted his credentials -- his papers and identity card were in order, monogram and all.
But Deepakanthan, 23, was a con artist -- the IAF letterheads were fake, and he had never been to Ambala.
Soon, the Air Force authorities got wise to his game. Now, after holidaying for a good 10 days at the guest house, Deepakanthan is cooling his heels behind bars.
He played his game well: he promised to marry his classmate after posing as an IAF officer. He promised her brother that he would get him a job in the Air Force, and took money from the family.
The truth is that Deepakanthan is already married and had deserted his wife, Mamatha, who is now in Mysore. "He had also cheated her," said Yelahanka ACP Siri Gowri. He learnt all about the IAF rules when his father was a lower-level employee here, as well as the entries and exits to the campus. He had also worked as a cabin boy during a couple of Aero India shows in the city.
Deepakanthan, a college dropout, was at a loose end when he met an old friend, and there started his flight lieutenant tale. He inquired about the other classmates, and learnt that Princy Priya was working at a five-star hotel in Koramangala.
He contacted Priya and after a couple of meetings, proposed to her. He also boasted to Priya's parents that he would land in a chopper during the wedding, and assured her that he would get her brother a job.
On the same day, he took Priya out with him. He had made arrangements in the IAF guest house by creating a false identity card and domicile certificates and stayed there for 10 days. Once the IAF authorities realized there was no such officer serving at Ambala, they lodged a complaint with the police.