A central government clerk was arrested on Sunday evening for allegedly posing as a cop and collecting money from drivers near Subhash Sarobar in the Beleghata area.
Police said Abhishek Roy Chowdhury, 32, an upper division clerk with the Food Corporation of India, used to don a police uniform with a nametag when he went on “raids”.
The Amherst Street resident’s luck ran out around 8pm on Sunday, when he told a home guard of Phoolbagan police station that he was a sub-inspector of the same police station. The home guard grabbed him by the collar and dragged him to the police station, where he was arrested after questioning.
The police later said Roy Chowdhury was a drug addict.
“Over the past two or three days, we were getting complaints about a cop picking on drivers in the Subhash Sarobar area and collecting money from them,” said an officer of the police station. “We posted several home guards in the area and one of them was able to catch the culprit.”
On Sunday evening, Rahul Pataria was driving from Beleghata to Phoolbagan when he was intercepted by Roy Chowdhury at the Phoolbagan intersection. Pataria said Roy Chowdhury was wearing a police uniform with a nametag reading Prasanta Kumar Mahato.
Chowdhury asked Pataria for his car’s pollution-under-control certificate, which he failed to produce. Chowdhury charged a spot fine, which Pataria agreed to pay but demanded a receipt.
A scuffle broke out between the two. A home guard at the spot intervened and Chowdhury was caught. “We are trying to find out since when he had been conducting such raids,” said an officer.