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