A Panchkula court today extended the police remand of Tarsem Rana,a Chandigarh police officer and remanded Aman Kumar and Raman Kumar to judicial custody,in connection with the alleged fake IPS officer case.
The remand of Tarsem Rana,who was arrested on August 7 by Panchkula police,was sought on the grounds of recovering a gold ring from his possession. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate,Atul Marya,extended the remand by one day.
Speaking to the media,Rana claimed that he is innocent and is being framed.
On August 31,the CIA staff of Panchkula police had arrested Aman Kumar,who used to pose as an IPS officer and dupe people by taking money from them in lieu of getting their work done. Three others,Ravinder Kumar and Naresh Kumar,who used to pose as Amans gunmen and Sohan Singh,who posed as the driver,were also arrested. They were initially remanded to police custody for six days. Later,Amans brother,Raman Kumar,was also arrested for helping him in his fraudulent practices.
On arrest,the police had recovered an Innova car fitted with a red beacon,a Gypsy,two dummy 9mm pistols,a fake AK-47,fake identity cards,a flag used by VIP cars and police uniforms. On further investigation,police recovered two more cars – a Honda Accord and an Innova,Rs 1,49,500,fake stamps,fake number plates of cars and 13 tola gold. The certificates and documents of two youth,whom they had cheated on the pretext of getting their admissions done,was also recovered. Rupees three lakh,the fake I-card of a sub-inspector and photos in the uniform of an SI were recovered from Ramans possession.
During investigations,it was found that Tarsem Rana,an officer of the Chandigarh police,also helped Aman. Rana would introduce Aman to the victims as an IPS officer and helped in establishing in front of them that Aman was indeed a police official. Rana had even allegedly helped Kumar buy a police Gypsy from Inspector Kapil Dev of the Chandigarh Police. Ranas house was raided on August 6 and he was arrested a day later.
Investigating officer Dharamvir Singh said that Kumar was close to Rana and was helped by him in executing the crimes. He added that photo albums with their photos together were recovered from Ranas house. Their call records also showed frequent calls to each others mobile phones and Kumar war also seen as frequent visitor to Ranas house in Sector-27,Chandigarh. According to police,Rs one lakh which he had allegedly received by helping Aman in duping people,was spent by him. He had invested some portion of that amount in a gold ring which is to be recovered now.
Aman was accused in a case of forgery and impersonation in December 2011 and had served two months in judicial lockup in Chandigarh. According to police sources,Rana was the jail incharge there,and had contacted Aman after he was released in February 2012,with the proposal to pose as a fake IPS officer.