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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 1:31 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 1:31 AM (IST)

IPS imposter in police net

Rupinder was hiding in Delhi and Chandigarh

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 13

The IPS imposter, Rupinder Singh, was arrested today. He had been hiding in Delhi and Chandigarh.

Surendra Lamba, Additional DCP (Special Branch), at a press conference, said the imposter had influenced many police officials and made every police men in his circle believe that he was an IPS officer.

The police recovered one .32-bore licensed revolver along with 25 cartridges, one set of police uniform of an IPS officer, two sticks, one bar light, one blue beacon, several batches of IPS, pairs of stars, and his name plates.

In his passport, the imposter has mentioned his qualification as 8th standard. However, he told the police that he had done BCom through correspondence from some college in Ludhiana. His claims are yet to be verified, said Lamba.

When Lamba was asked how the police station provided him with gunmen without keeping the senior police officials in the loop, he said the imposter had already influenced the junior staff of the police station and the commissionerate with his IPS status, which made the Munshi of the Salem Tabri police provide Rupinder with gunmen.

South films inspired him to don khakhi

ADCP Lamba said the police had found no big conspiracy or any criminal plan of the imposter during investigation. “He said he used to watch Bollywood and South films. He was so much inspired by the characters of IPS officers in these films that he decided to don the khakhi, though by illegal means,” said Lamba. The police said Rupinder had a marriage contract with some girl in order to go abroad but he later divorced her. 

Had worked as an immigration agent

The imposter, Rupinder worked as an immigration agent at some firm situated on the Pakhowal road. He told everyone that he owned the firm. He had also worked in some transport firm where he booked seats for Orbit and Jujhar buses online. Lamba said when the previous Kabaddi World Cup was organised by the state government, the imposter had told many police officials and leaders that he was the owner of those buses and he had got a contract for providing luxury buses to ferry the players. The police said Ravinder Kaur of Badewal and Navjot Kaur had also filed a complaint against him, accusing him of an immigration fraud. The matter is under investigation.

Tailor may face FIR for stitching dress  

ADPC Lamba said the imposter got his IPS uniform stitched from Jaspal, a tailor on the Dandi Swami road. According to the rule, if any tailor stitches a police or Army uniform, he has to make an entry in a register with the details of the customer. “We will register a case against Jaspal, tailor, if any such negligence on his part comes to the fore,” the ADCP said.


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