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Man posing as intelligence officer arrested in Mumbai

A man, claiming to be a DIG Research and Analysis Wing, drove down to the police station in a Skoda with a VIP number plate and recommended a police verification certificate for a youth, reports G. Mohiuddin Jeddy.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2009 09:51 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
Hindustan Times

The Kalamboli police were almost taken for a ride by an imposter on Friday but for an alert senior inspector that he was caught.

A man, claiming to be a Director Inspector General of Police from Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), drove down to the police station in a Skoda with a VIP number plate and recommended a police verification certificate for a youth.

The ‘senior officer’ received due respect from the police officials and managed to get his way till Senior Inspector SK Dubbal became suspicious and busted his game.

The man, Rajesh Rastogi (39), who now claims to be a civil engineer, came to Kalamboli police station with Akhil Ahmedabadwala (20) and his mother Tasleem (40).

“He was dressed in a senior officer’s uniform and came in a Skoda with a VIP number plate of registration number 1000. He introduced himself as the DIG from R&AW claiming to be an IPS from the 1990 Assam cadre. He wanted the police verification certificate for Akhil, who wanted admission in a hotel management institute,” said Dubbal.

Sometime later, however, Dubbal became suspicious.

“A senior officer from R&AW would not normally wear a uniform unless it is some major official function. Also, he did not have anyone accompanying him. I started asking him questions about his office and he said it is under the ACB office in Worli.”

Dubbal then made a few phone calls to senior police officials to check but did not get any confirmation. He then started interrogating Rastogi.

“When I confronted him, he said I could arrest him and since Saturday and Sunday were holidays, he would be out on Monday and then the Indian government would decide on its course of action,” added Dubbal.

Rastogi, however, broke down after three hours of sustained interrogation and confessed to his crime.

The police said Rastogi, a Thane resident, hails from Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh and is married. The police have booked him for impersonation under IPC Sections 170 and 419.

“We are also investigating if he has duped other persons and committed serious offences,” said Dubbal.

First Published: Feb 15, 2009 09:48 IST