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Fake IPS officer netted

Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel on Sunday arrested one Rakesh Kumar Singh (30) from the Howrah bound Ranchi Hatia Express for posing as an IPS officer.

What got the RPF escort team led by ASI Charan Singh suspicious was that Rakesh was wearing an IPS officer’s uniform without following the required dress code. The police recovered one fake ID of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), four mobile phones, three pen-drives, two dongles, one fake pistol and Rs 4,000 cash from him.

“He spoke fluent English. But his outfit got us suspicious. He was wearing black shoes and black ribbon on his shoulders. On being questioned, he tried to hide his identity. He later identified himself as an assistant commandant of RAW,” said AK Gorai, station in-charge of RPF.

GRP sources said Rakesh’s real motive could only be ascertained after investigation as he showed symptoms of behavioural disorder. According to information, his pen drives contained suspicious items as well.

“We recovered certain items from his possession, including two fake Indian currency notes. We handed him over to the Government Railway Police for further action,” Gorai said.

A native of Chapra district in Bihar, Rakesh is apparently a software engineer. His father Ravindra Kumar Singh works as a deputy manager at SAIL in Ranchi. In a statement given to the GRP, Rakesh said he was scheduled to visit Calcutta to appear in an interview for a post in a private bank.

Rakesh told the police he purchased IPS dress from one of the shops at Bansal Plaza and fake pistol from Church Complex some two months ago and admitted carrying a fake ID.