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Cuffs on impersonator

Shillong, Nov. 11: From a mere gardener to an IPS officer and then to a member of the elite Indian Air Force. Sounds incredible?

This is not a real saga. It is “impersonation” of the highest order.

A man employed as a gardener in Shillong Cantonment Board was today arrested for impersonating an officer of the Indian Police Service and also the Indian Air Force. A number of incriminating documents, including filled-up forms of applicants seeking recruitment into the army, were seized from his possession.

Meghalaya police arrested Subhash Chakraborty, 34, who had also pretended to be an “intelligence officer”, from Keating Road here. Later, a raid was carried out on his residence in Sweepers’ Lane.

The superintendent of police (city), Vivek Syiem, told reporters that Chakraborty had worked as a gardener in the Shillong Cantonment Board since 1991.

“Acting on inputs, a trap was laid which led to his arrest,” Syiem said, adding that Chakraborty’s house was later raided and various items, including a khaki uniform affixed with IPS tag, a star and the national emblem the impersonator used to don on certain occasions, were seized.

A beret that a police officer of the rank of superintendent of police uses was also recovered, besides identity cards including that of “Royal Analysis Wing” under the ministry of defence where Chakraborty pretended to be an “administration officer”.

The police recovered toy guns, a Wi-Fi wireless, books, cheque books, a belt, a pair of shoes, filled-up application forms for army recruitment, and digital and handy cameras.

“Much has to be probed into his activities and whether the impersonator has accomplices,” Syiem said.

The police are still working to get more details into the activities indulged by the accused.

Although a case is yet to be registered, the police said Chakraborty would face cheating and impersonation charges.