Pune: Two men were arrested by the sleuths of Samarth police station on Saturday night for posing as a cop and reporter.
The arrested persons were trying to extort money from a shopkeeper.
The accused were identified as Vijay Kamble (46), a resident of Talwade, and Prasad Yadav (36), a resident of Nana Peth. Police informed that the duo was involved in extorting money by identifying themselves as a cop and a reporter.
According to the information provided by Samarth police, on Saturday night, both the fraudsters approached a paan shop and demanded gutka but when the shopkeeper offered them gutka, they told him that they are police officers and showed him their fake identity card.
The duo then demanded Rs 5,000 from the shopkeeper; however, when the shopkeeper said that he is unable to pay the sum, the fraudsters called up the police on 100.
Rajendra Mohite, Police Inspector, Samarth police station, said, “When cops reached the spot, the duo identified themselves as police officers. When our men demanded their identity cards, they furnished an I-card, which had ‘police officer’ written on top and ‘reporter’ written at the bottom. It didn’t take our men long to identify the fraudsters and arrest them.”
“The duo was using the I-card as per their convenience. At some places, they used to identify themselves as police officers whereas at others, they used to introduce themselves as reporters. They later told us that they work for a newspaper named as ‘Police Officer’ in Nashik but on verifying with our sources, we found that there is no such paper in Nashik. While dealing with the public, they used to pose as police officers and while dealing with police officers, they used to pose as reporters. But while dealing with our people, they identified themselves as cops and got caught,” added Mohite.