Mumbai

Conman targeted constables as he failed to become a cop

Posed as sub-inspector on Facebook

The man, who was arrested for posing as a sub-inspector on Facebook and cheating women constables, has revealed that he impersonated a police officer because he failed to gain selection during police recruitment.

“He said that he couldn’t become an officer and hence he decided to pose as one and befriend constables. He decided to con them to make a living,” assistant police inspector Sopan Nangare from Rabale police station said.

The accused, identified as Milind Ramesh Deshmukh alias Balya, was arrested on Monday after a woman constable from Digha registered a case against him for cheating her of ₹1.75 lakh.

The police found out that the accused had conned another woman constable who was posted with the Thane City police. The woman had filed a complaint with the Rabale MIDC police and was a friend of the complainant in the first case. ]

Stole ₹41,000 gold chain

“He used to befriend women constables on Facebook and look for women constables in the friends list of his victims,” said senior police inspector Dinkar Mohite. In the second case, promised to marry the victim and started visiting her house. During one such visit, he made away with her gold chain worth ₹41,000.

“After his custody with the Rabale police ends, we will get his custody transferred for investigation in our case,” said senior police inspector Nitin Gite from Rabale MIDC police station. Mr. Deshmukh has been booked by Rabale MIDC police under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 170 (personating a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

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