Beware of fake policemen who threaten, loot residents
If you are approached by suspicious looking person or if someone asks you for favours posing as a policeman, call the helpline
A week after a ‘ f ake policeman’ alle gedly robbed a Kalamboli resident of Rs77,000 at gunpoint in Uran, the police have not been able to trace the accused even though they have a clue — the registration number of the bike he used.
There have been several such incidents in the recent past in which fake policemen have cheated or robbed people of cash and jewellery. And, in a few cases, have also committed ghastly acts such as raping the victim.
Two weeks ago, the Vashi police arrested a 27- year- old man from Bhandup for allegedly blackmailing and sexually exploiting a college girl from Vashi using the same modus operandi.
According to the police, the accused, Sagar Dhulap, knew of her discreet love affair. Posing as a policeman, he threatened to disclose her affair to her parents and asked her to pay him Rs30,000 if she wanted him to keep it under wraps.
When the girl failed to pay up, Dhulap took advantage of the situation and raped her in a lodge. The incident came to light, after the girl spilled the beans before her family members.
“Earlier, fake policemen used a different modus operandi to cheat women.
They would stand at isolated locations and on spotting a bejewelled woman, t hey would trick her into taking off the jewellery by pretending to caution her of a situation where it wouldn’t be safe to wear it. On the pretext of helping her pack the jewellery, they would then replace t he j ewellery with s t ones and flee,” said Maruti Datir, 37, a Rabale- based activist. “But now, they have changed their modus operandi,” added Datir.
According to t he police, when approached by a suspicious looking person or someone who asks for a favour posing as a policeman, one should immediately contact the police on the helpline numbers.
“The main objective of such culprits is to loot the person of his or her valuables. But in certain cases, they tend to extort money and ask for other favours too. In such a scenario, one should call 100 or 103, the police helpline numbers, whenever a person posing as a policeman tries to extort money from them or seeks favours,” said Shahaji Umap, deputy commissioner of police ( zone 1).
Apart from warning residents, the police have stepped up security.
“We are also trying to reduce the menace by taking the requisite steps. For instance, our beat marshal teams have been alerted to keep a tab on such culprits. Besides, the police presence on roads has also been intensified,” said Umap.
THERE ARE SEVERAL CASES OF FAKE COPS CHEATING OR ROBBING PEOPLE OF CASH AND JEWELLERY.