A 29-year-old interior decorator was arrested in MKB Nagar on Thursday for claiming to be a police sub-inspector.
Police said that D. Kameesh, (29), a resident of Golden complex apartments in MKB Nagar, had been claiming to be a sub-inspector attached to the fifth battalion of the State police in Veerapuram near Avadi. He impersonated an officer by wearing a police uniform and by making ‘routine rounds’of various parts of MKB Nagar in a car and bike which bore police stickers.
According to the police, his motive was to impress a woman in the locality.
The police seized the uniform, shoes, and the bike and car. “Many people in the locality believed him because earlier, he was aiming to become a police officer. He was doing it for the past three months,” said assistant commissioner of police (MKB Nagar), Govi Manoharan.
After completing his post-graduation in criminology at the University of Madras, Kameesh applied for police selection but was unable to clear it. He then became an interior decorator. Three months ago, he told his parents and others in the neighbourhood that he had got an appointment order to join as sub-inspector at the Veerapuram police station.
“He donned the role of a sub-inspector in the locality. Outside the locality, he wore a T-shirt to ensure that others do not suspect him while people in the locality would believe that he was in mufti,” said MKB Nagar police inspector (crime), S. Rajendran.
The issue came to light on February 10 when a missing person complaint was filed by K. Mahesh (28), a resident of the same building. Mahesh, in the complaint, said his wife, Saranya (26), was missing with 16 gold sovereigns.
Kameesh too went missing on the same day. However, a day later, Saranya and Kamesh appeared at the MKB Nagar police station, where Kameesh claimed he was a sub-inspector. “When we checked with the police there, they said there was no one by the name Kameesh working as a sub-inspector,” said a police officer.
A case has been filed against Kameesh under section 170 of the IPC (charged as personating a public servant).