Fake cop extorts millions from residents, finally arrested
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.