Student posing as IPS officer held

The Tata Sumo, which was used by the youth. — Photo: K. Manikandan

The Tata Sumo, which was used by the youth. — Photo: K. Manikandan  

TAMBARAM, MARCH 24. The Madipakkam police have arrested a 22-year-old student for impersonating \an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and seized a Tata Sumo jeep that he used as his "patrol vehicle".

K. Kannan, a final year mechanical engineering student at a private college in Rathnamangalam village near Vandalur, had gone around in Madipakkam, Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam, Adambakkam and Pazhavanthangal areas in the vehicle fitted with a revolving red light on top and the national flag on the crash guard.

A sticker in red letters on the front windscreen of the car said it was a police vehicle. . Dressed in khakis and a beret , Kannan also printed his own visiting cards designating him as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Kannan had been the chief guest at a crime awareness meeting at the A.M. Jain College, Meenambakkam in December last year. The meeting was organised by Friends of Police volunteers and residents welfare association in Nanganallur. At the meeting, Kannan spoke on the importance of youth and society and crime prevention.

The police said Kannan used to travel in his "patrol vehicle" late at night to monitor the performance of police personnel on night rounds in and around Madipakkam area.

The police have also registered a case of cheating against him following a complaint from Parameshwaran of Madipakkam. The police said Kannan had taken Rs. 12,000 from Parameshwaran for appointing the latter's younger brother as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. About Rs. 9,000 has been recovered.

Impostor's undoing

It was his meeting on Wednesday with M.K. Rathod, Assistant Superintendent of Police of Madipakkam sub-division, that proved to be Kannan's undoing. Kannan introduced himself as an IPS officer of the 2002 batch, and invited Mr. Rathod for his parents' sixtieth birthday celebrations ("shashtiapdaboorthi").

Sceptical about Kannan's credentials, Mr. Rathod checked up with the Sardar Patel Police Training Academy at Hyderabad and confirmed that no such person had passed out of the academy that year. On interrogation, the youth confessed to having faked his "brief career" as an IPS officer. During interrogation by senior police officers, Kannan told them that being a police officer was his childhood ambition.

He was produced at a Tambaram court this evening and has been remanded to judicial custody for 15 days.

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