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Sexual offence whiff in fake cop case

- Impersonator’s PSO held

Shillong, March 4: Meghalaya police today did not rule out sexual offences by a man impersonating a police officer and asked the people, especially victims of various crimes, to come forward and complain against the “fake” IPS officer.

Sabyasachi Pal Chowdhury, 52, was arrested yesterday by the special cell of Shillong police after conducting a raid at his residence in Laitumkhrah here.

Sabyasachi, alias Baba Chowdhury, posed as a senior IPS officer, working for BSF, SSB, Rashtriya Rifles, CBI and IB.

East Khasi Hills superintendent of police Mariahom Kharkrang told reporters today that Chowdhury has also assumed the name and role of a “doctor and godman”.

“We do not have any specific complaint but based on information, we raided his house after he was arrested. He is mentally sound and a criminal by nature,” the district police chief said.

Asking the public to lodge a complaint with the police if they had fallen victim to Chowdhury, the police said they could not rule out the possibility that he might also have been involved in cases of sexual harassment.

The police seized a number of items, including a vehicle with a “red beacon”, whose use on police vehicles has been prohibited by the Supreme Court, and several chemicals packed in small bottles, suspected to be intoxicants and ganja (200gm).

The police recovered a number of uniforms worn by IGP-rank officers, police and army uniforms, photographs of the suspect in uniform, army uniforms including fatigues, car flags, documents related to SSB, BSF, CBI, IPS and NASA, identity cards of various security organisations, incriminating seals, visiting cards identifying him as an IPS officer, six mobile phones, two air pistols with a packet of air-gun pellets and Rs 2,31,655.

A “personal security officer”, Amit Sen, employed by Chowdhury, was also apprehended while coming to meet him.

A document, which mentioned that Chowdhury was also arrested in 2001 in a cheating case, in which he had been chargesheeted, was also found.

A case against Chowdhury has been registered under 10 sections of the IPC.