Ludhiana: Left jobless even after graduating, five young people chose to become imposters in khakis to earn easy money by “securing jobs” for people. Among them, a youth wore the uniform similar to that of a DSP and others had uniforms resembling that of a sub-inspector and gendarmes. But the gang soon ran out of luck as the police got information about them through their informants.
Jodhan police arrested five disbelievers identified as Harkamal Singh of Phallewal, his cousin Kulbir Singh from the village of Bhani Baringa, Gurpreet SinghLivtar Singh, both from Manvi village, and Jashmandeep Singh from Lehra.
Police officials said Chappar Police Station, ASI Sukhmandar Singh, ASI Sukhjit Singh and police officials were made aware of the gang while they were monitoring suspicious people and vehicles at the Chowk Company in Chappar Sunday night. According to informants, the defendants were traveling in an SUV with a sticker of Punjab Police and wearing “uniforms” of DSPs, sub-inspectors and gendarmes. The gang was traveling from Judaha Chowk in Phallewal and other villages.
Cops said that according to informants, the defendants were mocking innocent people by assuring them jobs. Following this information, the police acted quickly and set up a checkpoint at Judaha Chowk Phallewal and stopped the SUV.
A police team found them wearing Punjab police uniforms and even recovered a fake membership letter. ASI Sukhmandar Singh said the defendants were arrested on Sunday evening and subsequently charged under Sections 171 (clothing or token used by an official with fraudulent intent), 419 (penalty for cheating by impersonation), 465 (penalty for forgery) and 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
They were brought before a local court on Monday, which placed them in custody for 4 days. Police said a new investigation was underway.
The police station in charge said that all the defendants were graduates, but were unemployed. They had no previous police cases against them.