Fake cop ex­torts mil­lions from res­i­dents, fi­nally ar­rested

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

CBD BELAPUR: Navi Mum­bai crime branch has ar­rested a per­son who claimed to be a po­lice­man and al­legedly ex­torted mil­lions of ru­pees from peo­ple threat­en­ing to take ac­tion against them.

The ac­cused Pawan Arora (40) had been on the wanted list of the po­lice since the year 2007.

A man with an im­pres­sive per­son­al­ity, he has an ex­pert at driv­ing two wheel­ers and four wheel­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan, “On March 5, he stopped one Pradeep Mengde in Dron­a­giri area. He told him that he is a cop and that he had in­for­ma­tion of Mengde do­ing il­le­gal work in which he would be booked. He then forcibly took Rs 34,400 from him. He then took him to an ATM nearby and with­drew a large amount us­ing his debit card.”

A com­plaint had been reg­is­tered in this re­gard.

Said Ran­jan, “Based on the de­scrip­tion given by the com­plainant, we re­al­ized that it is the same per­son that we have been look­ing out for.”

Ran­jan said: “We worked hard on the case and our of­fi­cers and per­son­nel man­aged to lo­cate him at Pim­pri, near Pune and ar­rested him.”

Pawan had built up him­self to look like a top po­lice of­fi­cial. His father had been in the Navy. He ear­lier resided at CBD Belapur and so po­lice had been look­ing out for him in the area.

He is al­leged to have com­mit­ted at least 28 crimes pos­ing as a po­lice­man. In 2007, ac­tion had been taken against him un­der Maharashtra Preven­tion of Dan­ger­ous Ac­tiv­i­ties Act (MPDA) when he was de­tained. He was later re­leased on bail.

He had re­port­edly man­aged to es­cape from po­lice naka­bandi set up to nab him, at least twice, man­ag­ing to evade the cops by speed­ing in his ve­hi­cle.

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