A day after the Chandigarh police nabbed a person hailing from Bihar posing as an Indian Police Services(IPS), the police claimed that he had also duped other persons in Jharkhand and his hometown, Bihar.
The accused, Praveen Kumar Tiwari, a law graduate from Aurangabad University, used to pose as IPS official appointed as deputy inspector general (DIG) at Intelligence bureau in Chandigarh.
Sources in the police said Tiwari himself had appeared for the civil services thrice but wasn’t able to clear it. Tiwari had said that a couple of friends had cleared the civil services examination and were recruited as IPS officials. Tiwari used to dupe people claiming to get them bail or the cases resolved.
He also used his name to get discounts in hotels. Sources in the police also revealed that they had got one day police remand for the accused to question him how many people he had duped and to which all states he transferred as an IPS.
Tiwari was arrested on Friday night, after a local resident, Sunil Rawat, complained against him.
Rawat said the accused had promised to get his brother bail, who had been serving in the jail for a fraud case.
When Rawat met the fake IPS at Hotel Gaur in Sector 43, he got suspicious of the officer and his mannerisms, quite opposed to that of an IPS. Rawat informed the police following which the fake DIG was arrested for cheating under Section 420 of the IPC.
Earlier this year, in February, another person named Ravi Kant was caught posing as an IPS , who had also claimed to be an army officer.