The Pune city police have arrested a youth posing as a IPS officer. The suspect, identified as Shrikant Vilas Pawar, a native of Malshiras in Solapur district, was booked for impersonation at the Koregaon Park police station on Friday on a complaint filed by police sub-inspector Pankaj Shingare.
According to the complaint, a woman had come to the Koregaon Park police station 10.30 pm on August 19 for filing a complaint. Pawar, who accompanied the woman, told the policemen at the police station that he was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer on probation in Pune city. The police station staff informed sub-inspector Shingare who was on night duty in the area.
Shingare came to the police station and registered a non-cognisable offence under section 507 of IPC based on the complaint filed by the woman.
According to the complaint filed by the police, in the early hours of August 25, a police team involved in nakabandi in Koregaon Park area intercepted Pawar, who was riding a motorcycle on the north main road. Pawar produced his driving licence and told the police that he was an IPS officer. Then, on August 27, Pawar came to the Mangaldas police chowki around 10.45 pm. He was wearing uniform of an IPS officer. He told the police that he was an IPS officer and that he was returning from the Pune police commissionerate after attending a meeting with police officials. This time, the police found his behaviour suspicious. They initiated a probe and reached his house in Clover Park society in Koregaon Park area on Friday morning. The team nabbed Pawar while he was moving out of his house, once again wearing an IPS officer’s uniform.
During sustained interrogation, Pawar admitted he was not an IPS officer. He told the police that he had attempted UPSC exams, but could not clear it.
Police are now probing whether he had cheated anyone while posing as an IPS officer. Police have also come across an advertisement on a website suspected to be posted by Pawar, regarding recruitment of females for an NGO in Koregaon Park.