A young man who was apprehended last week for masquerading as a CBI officer and is presently in judicial custody told the police during his interrogation that he had turned to a life of deceit after he was unsuccessful in achieving his lifelong dream of becoming an IPS officer.
Aman Kumar, a resident of Kurukshetra who is in his mid thirties, had also been arrested earlier on several occasions by the Chandigarh and Panchkula police for impersonating a top cop.
On Thursday the police arrested Aman’s three accomplices who had been posing as his gunmen. They have been identified as Raman Kumar, a resident of Kurukshetra, Sandeep Kumar, who hails from Jhaggar, and Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Hisar. The police recovered two dummy pistols, a car beacon, a few visiting cards in the name of a CBI officer, two walkie-talkies and a Suzuki Swift Dzire car on which a ‘Government of India’ sticker was pasted from them.
The four men had been cheating people in the tricity since 2008 by masquerading as CBI or IPS officers.
According to the cops, Aman has been involved in at least 15 cases of impersonating a top police official in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. During a search of their apartment conducted later, the police found a framed photograph of Aman Kumar dressed as an IPS officer hanging on the wall.
Sources in the police said during his interrogation Aman, who is a law graduate, revealed he had made several attempts to become an IPS officer but failed every time.
Providing details, SP (headquarters) Harpal Singh Sandhu said a SAS Nagar court had declared Aman a proclaimed offender on December 9, 2009. “The police arrested him on September 3. Aman had defrauded many people of their money on the pretext settling their cases”.
The sources said in one case Aman had cheated a woman of Rs 35 lakh by posing as a CBI superintendent of police and promising to settle her case that was pending in the courts.
“The incident came to light during questioning of the accused, but the woman has not been traced nor was a complaint lodged,” they added.