Delhi Police have arrested a 21-year-old science graduate, who posed as an IPS officer — complete with a fake insignia, cap and belt — and cheated at least 20 people of Rs 19 lakh. Police said the accused, Ravi Kant, is from Alwar, Rajasthan.
A Physics graduate, he promised jobs in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to people in exchange for money, police said, adding that he worked with an associate.
Senior police officers said Kant started doing this about two years ago. The first case against him was registered in Chandigarh, after which he fled the city.
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Police said Kant moved to Delhi and stayed in Najafgarh in a rented accommodation for a year-and-a-half. He befriended one Krishna on social media and decided to work with him, but did not reveal that he wasn’t an IPS officer.
“Krishna would take between Rs 80,000 and Rs 2 lakh from unemployed youths promising them a job in the CRPF,” said a police officer.
Police said Krishna was the face of the racket. “He took Rs 19 lakh from 20 people and kept Rs 5 lakh for himself, while the rest went to Kant,” police said. Eventually, a person filed a case against Kant and Krishna at Najafgarh police station in September. “When Kant was arrested, he said that even Krishna was not aware that he wasn’t an IPS officer,” said police.