Kolkata Police arrested a person on Monday for posing as a vigilance officer and duping people of their money. The accused had swindled two persons of a hefty sum at the crossing of Rash Bihari Avenue and Lake View Road on Saturday.
Accused Dhrubajyoti Mondal was arrested from his residence at Sarat Ghosh Garden Road. His aide, however, is still at large.
On Saturday, Mondal and his friend stopped a car near Basanti Devi College alongside Rash Bihari Avenue, which was occupied by Kuntal Ghosh and Aurobindo Roy Burman. The accused showed them fake identity cards and introduced themselves as vigilance officers.
Mondal found that they were carrying a huge amount in the car and accused them carrying black money.
The driver, Ghosh, said that they were going to a nearby hospital where his father was admitted. Ghosh defended himself by saying the money was for his father’s treatment. Roy Burman, Ghosh’s brother-in-law, also tried to convince the imposter but failed.
The imposters then got in and asked Ghosh to drive towards the crossing of Rash Bihari Avenue and Lake View Road, near one Jugal’s Sweets shop. They then forced Ghosh and Roy Burman to hand over Rs 56.50 lakh they were carrying.
Later, the victims lodged a complaint with Gariahat police station, based on which police arrested Mondal from his residence on Monday morning. He was produced before the court and remanded in police custody for 17 days.
“Mondal will be interrogated as we are suspecting that he is the kingpin of a racket,” said a police officer.