The Batala police claimed to have arrested a man who was posing as an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Maharashtra cadre. His accomplices, who were posing as his reader and driver, were also arrested.
Kulwant Singh, station house officer (SHO), Qadian, said a police team led by him had laid a naka near Khara village on Tuesday. During checking, they stopped an Innova car with a red beacon.
During questioning, it was found that Harpreet Singh, a resident of Tatley village, was posing as an IPS officer, while Ranjeet Singh and Balwinder Singh of Bhumbli village were impersonating as his reader and driver. The trio was wearing police uniform.
The accused confessed that they used to extort money from people for settling their cases. They also revealed that they were planning to defraud unemployed youths of the area on the pretext of ensuring their recruitment in the Maharashtra police.
A case under sections 420, 65, 68 and 71 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against them at Qadian police station. The police also recovered fake identity cards and impounded the car used by them.
The three accused were presented in the court, where the duty magistrate remanded them in police custody till December 14.