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Juvenile Accused Behind Fake NASA Letter


02 December 2019

Diptanshu Dash


Angul: The mastermind behind sending a fake letter to Class IX student Subhranshu Nayak of Hulursinga village in Angul district, stating he has been selected to participate in the NASA Space Settlement Contest for his ingenious project, is a juvenile, said police on Monday.

After an investigation by Cyber Cell, Angul, it was revealed that the email received by Subhranshu was not a genuine one. A case under penal sections of IPC and IT Act has been registered at Angul Police Station.

As the accused in a minor, police did not reveal further details but informed that a detailed report of the case will be submitted to Juvenile Justice Board, Angul.

Subhranshu, son of a bag seller Laxman Nayak and Sulochana, had last month received the fake mail that he has been selected to participate in the NASA Space Settlement Contest for his Mavic drone project.

It further mentioned that he has been invited to visit NASA’s Space Settlement Centre at Washington to give a detailed briefing of his project on December 1.

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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had also shared a paper clipping of the news on his twitter handle and congratulated Subhranshu for his achievement.

But the incident came to light after the Ministry of External Affairs raised question on the genuineness of the letter and denied Visa to Subhranshu.