Police arrested a middle aged man on charges of collecting money by posing as an IPS officer. He was arrested from Garia while the driver of his car was arrested from Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas.
Police said that the accused Plaban Mondal used to claim himself to be a deputy superintendent of police. He used to move around in a white Scorpio fitted with a blue beacon light. There also used to be a police sticker pasted on the car.
The driver of the Scorpio, Sahid Mirja was arrested from Sonarpur. He used to visit residences of some businessmen in the car and took money from them after threatening of framing charges against them.
Suspicion rose when he asked a businessman Subhas Saha at Garia Station to give him Rs 400. The businessman approached the police and narrated the entire incident. Police came to know that he had also collected money from some drivers in the area.
The police initiated a probe in this connection and came to know that the duo was from South 24 Parganas. Saha was arrested red handed while taking money while Mirja was arrested later.
The police are trying to find whether this was the first time when Saha had committed the crime or the duo had been taking money for a long time. The car has been seized.
A police officer said that they would question the duo to know whether any racket was operating in the state and if they are members of any such racket. The police had arrested two persons earlier for taking money posing as IPS officers. One was arrested from Park Street area while the other person was picked up from Bhowanipore.
The investigating officers would look into the matter to ascertain whether they had any connection among themselves.