Mumbaiites, beware: Man dressed as traffic cop duped motorists for three months
The police said Mohsin Wazir Sayyed wore a traffic police’s uniform and stood at junctions in Mumbai where no cops were presentmumbai Updated: Jul 22, 2017 10:28 IST
A 34-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly posing as a traffic constable at JVPD junction in Juhu. He allegedly took bribes from motorists in different areas of the city for around three months.
The police said Mohsin Wazir Sayyed wore a traffic police’s uniform and stood at junctions where no cops were present, to dupe commuters. On Thursday, he stood near a bottleneck at JVPD junction, which witnesses frequent traffic jams. He stopped a car at the signal and asked the driver for his licence. When the driver, a resident of Juhu, showed him the licence and asked what had he done wrong, Sayyed told him that he was had been caught for lane cutting. The driver did not argue and told Sayyed that he would pay the fine.
Sayyed asked him for Rs 300 and took out his slip book to give the driver a receipt. The driver did not have cash and told Sayyed that he would pay through e-challan. Sayyed said the e-challan machines of the Juhu and Bandra divisions were faulty and had to be sent back for replacements. The driver suspected foul play but when Sayyed asked for a Rs100 bribe to settle the matter, he agreed and gave him the money.
At the next signal, the driver saw constables with e-challan machines. He approached a traffic constable there and asked him if the machines in their division were not working. When the constable confirmed that the machines were working fine, the driver told him about his encounter with Sayyed at the previous junction. The constable went to the spot and met Sayyed, who introduced himself as a traffic constable. The constable then went to DN Nagar police station and came back with a police team, who detained Sayyed. He confessed that he was not a police constable.
The DN Nagar police later arrested Sayyed, who told the officers that he had been pretending to be a traffic cop for the past three months. “Sayyed used to find a busy junction and if no cops were around, he would begin penalising four-wheelers drivers by telling them that they had stopped beyond the zebra crossing at a signal or were cutting lanes. He would ask them for Rs100 or Rs200 as bribe so that he wouldn’t have to give them a receipt,” said a police officer from DN Nagar police station.
“We now want to find out how Sayyed acquired the traffic police uniform and how many drivers he took money from,” added the officer.