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Man poses as cop to extort money from public, held in Chennai

July 27,2017  

Man poses as cop to extort money from public, held in Chennai
Man poses as cop to extort money from public, held in Chennai, A 35-year-old man with walkie-talkie in hand convincingly posed as policeman to extort money from many people on Anna University campus was held by police on tuesday night.

CHENNAI: A 35-year-old man with walkie-talkie in hand convincingly posed as policeman to extort money from many people on Anna University campus was held by police on tuesday night.

A police officer said the imposter (Ghanasekar) targeted people he found sitting near the CEG outdoor sports ground and elsewhere on university the campus.

Ghanasekar, on Tuesday spotted a few students who had come to the university for the ongoing engineering counselling. He thought they were easy game and, claiming to be a policeman, demanded money from a few of them.

"When the students asked Ghanasekar to show them his ID card, he fled from the spot," the officer said. "He jumped into a canal nearby to escape, but the students alerted onlookers who caught him and handed him over to the Kotturpuram police." Ghanasekar did not have a uniform, but claimed to be a policeman in plainclothes, the officer said. He had earlier been involved in a spate of burglaries in Adyar, Kotturpuram, Thiruvanmiyur, Abiramapuram and Taramani, he added.