"The woman panicked and couldn’t show a police ID card"
A 20-year-old Indian woman was arrested for posing as a police officer and issuing fines to unsuspecting citizens.
The woman posed as an assistant sub-inspector and issued fake charges in West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar.
Police identified the woman as Tamanna Jahan. She was unemployed but she would go out dressed as a police officer and would issue bogus fines to citizens who were violating social distancing rules or were not wearing masks.
It was reported that she would demand up to Rs. 500 (£5) from each citizen.
According to police, when she approached people, Jahan would flash a star on her shoulder in order to convince victims that she was an actual police officer.
Jahan also kept a fake challan (charge) book with her while walking the streets looking for victims for her moneymaking scheme.
The matter came to light on August 12, 2020, when Constable Sumer Singh was out patrolling the area. He spotted Jahan and became suspicious.
He contacted Constable Ashok and told him to go to the area and approach Jahan while in normal clothes.
DCP Deepak Purohit explained: “Ashok went without a mask. Jahan stopped Ashok and told him to pay a fine for not wearing a mask.
“When he asked her about her posting, she said she is posted at Tilak Nagar police station as an ASI.
“Ashok then told the woman that he too works there and has never seen her. The woman panicked and couldn’t show a police ID card to the constable.”
A police team led by ASI Bhom Singh soon arrived and arrested the Indian woman.
During questioning, Jahan told police that she carried out the scam as she needed money for her family.
She said that due to her poor financial situation, she posed as a police officer and issued fake charges in order to make quick money.
A senior police officer said: “She recently got married against her parents’ wishes and didn’t have any money.
“She decided to pose as an ASI so she could scare offenders and take money from them in the name of Covid challan.”
“She was also preparing for UPSC, she gave the exam earlier but couldn’t clear it.”
As well as being arrested, a fake challan book, cash and Jahan’s fake police uniform were recovered.
A case has been registered against her under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.