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Engineer held for cheating

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He extorted money from auto drivers by posing as SI

A 28-year-old man who posed as a sub-inspector and cheated several people was arrested by the Zam Bazaar police on Friday.

Following a series of complaints from auto-rickshaw drivers and beach-goers, police traced him at a lodge on Triplicane High Road.

According to the police, the suspect, Ashok Raju, 28, was an engineer. He was unemployed and stayed in Coimbatore briefly. He borrowed money from a few people there and left without returning it.

A few months ago, he came to Chennai and rented a room at a lodge in Triplicane. Posing as a sub-inspector, he collected money from auto drivers in Triplicane, Zam Bazaar and Ice House after charging them with offences.

A senior police officer said, “He wore a khaki pant and shirt and went around collecting money. He also robbed cash and a mobile phone from a couple on the beach.”

He was booked under Sections 170 (Personating a public servant), 171 (Wearing garb used by public servant with fradulent intent) and 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

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