A 26-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer and extorting money from roadside vendors in the city.
Police said a video was shared on social media on Sunday showing a man in police uniform extorting money from a roadside food vendor, consuming the items and refusing to pay the vendor. Following this, an investigation was launched and the video turned out to be from the police jurisdiction of Sector 39.
The suspect has been identified as Saurav, a native of Jalaun currently living in the village of Chhalera in Sector 44 of Noida.
“He would dress in a police uniform, pretend to be in the criminal branch, then extort benefits from local vendors or attempt to intimidate them by pretending to be a policeman,” said Kumar Ranvijay Singh, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner, Zone 1 .
Saurav has been extorting money in this way in recent months, police said, adding that he was arrested in Chhalera. A set of khaki uniforms, two fake UP police badges and a motorcycle were recovered from him.
Police said he recently bought the motorcycle for ??2900 and changed his license plate to avoid getting caught.
The suspect was arrested on charges of cheating and identity theft under relevant articles of the Indian Penal Code at Sector 39 police station.