While fake products, fake marksheets or fake institutes are commonplace, a bunch of fraudsters took the art of faking to quite another level, running full-time for the past one-year a fake police outpost in Krishna Nagar area by the name of New Golden City police outpost.
The fraud was exposed when a lawyer, Arun Kumar Giri, was held captive and beaten up there on Tuesday after a dispute with some youths over purchase of a plot at ‘New Golden City’ in Krishna Nagar’s Alinagar Sunahara locality. Some fraudsters were also present there posing as cops. The police have registered an FIR following the victim’s complaint and are probing the matter.
“Initial probe suggests that the outpost is fake. An outpost was indeed proposed there after a murder in a near-by area around a year ago but it did not materialise. No police staff were sanctioned for the outpost,” said Avinish Kumar Mishra, circle officer (CO) of Krishna Nagar, told HT on phone.
He said the locality came under Vijay Nagar police outpost of Krishna Nagar and real estate agents were apparently misusing the fake police outpost to harass people.
Narrating the entire sequence of event, Arun Kumar Giri said the youths started misbehaving with him when he reached there searching for a plot on Tuesday. The youths even beat him up and held captive inside a semi-constructed room of the New Golden City police outpost.
Giri said some more people turned up after some time and one of them posed himself as the outpost incharge Anjana Verma. He was in civvies.
Giri said Verma mounted pressure on him to settle the matter with the youth. Giri was released when he promised to not initiate any action against the youths. He said the fake cops snatched Rs. 5,000 that he was carrying.