Pan­vel en­gi­neer held for mis­us­ing dad’s red bea­con

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: The Vashi po­lice ar­rested a youth from a fi­nan­cially well-to -do fam­ily for us­ing a red bea­con atop his Honda City car.

The youth, an en­gi­neer and a res­i­dent of Pan­vel, had re­port­edly done it to save a few ru­pees at the toll plazas.

Of­fi­cial cars are ex­empted from pay­ing toll charges.

When he was stopped by the po­lice for ver­i­fi­ca­tion, he would flash an iden­tity card of a cen­tral govern­ment min­istry. Po­lice have con­firmed that the iden­tity card is fake.

The po­lice said that he also claimed that his mother is a cab­i­net sec­re­tary in the cen­tral govern­ment and grand­fa­ther, cab­i­net min­is­ter in Ra­jasthan govern­ment cab­i­net.

The ac­cused has been iden­ti­fied as Vivek Pi­pal, 26, son of an ONGC em­ployee. For the past two months, Pi­pal been us­ing his father’s car.

A po­lice in­quiry over a lost mo­bile phone led them to him.

It was dur­ing his in­ter­ro­ga­tion that the po­lice learnt about the bo­gus iden­tity card and bea­con scam.

Ac­cord­ing to Ajay Landge, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer of Vashi po­lice sta­tion, “He had been called in for ques­tion­ing over the theft of an iPhone. When we checked his an­tecedents we found out the truth. He then re­vealed that he had done it to save on toll charges.”

Landge said, “He had kept the red bea­con near the wind­shield for easy vis­i­bil­ity. If some­one asked, he would say that his mother is a cab­i­net sec­re­tary in the cen­tral govern­ment. At other times, his grand father would be­come cab­i­net min­is­ter in Ra­jasthan govern­ment cab­i­net.”

Stated Landge, “He had also got a bo­gus iden­tity card of VIP au­thor­ity in his name, sup­pos­edly is­sued by the cen­tral govern­ment. It has the govern­ment’s em­blem and pic­ture of the par­lia­ment.”

Pi­pal was re­port­edly mov­ing around Mum­bai, Navi Mum­bai and other ar­eas us­ing the ID card and bea­con for the past two months.

The po­lice have also found a bo­gus let­ter­head of the cen­tral for­eign min­istry.

Added Landge, “We are in­quir­ing if he had used the bo­gus iden­tity card or other doc­u­ments to mis­lead any­one as that is a high pos­si­bil­ity.”

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