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An Impersonated IPS Officer arrested for kidnapping a businessman!

By Manisha Jangir

On Thursday the anti-extortion cell of the Mumbai police arrested a Rajasthan based man who impersonated as an IPS Officer. He kidnapped a surat based businessman at gunpoint and took around twenty lakh cash and other valuables from him. The accused has been identified as Shiv Shankar Sharma, a native of Ajmer has been arrested for wrongful confinement, impersonation, kidnapping and extortion.

The victim is a Garments trader named Mohammed Naviwala. Last week, he received a call from a person who introduced himself as IPS Officer SS Sharma attached to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The officer told him that he was facing a DRI Probe but he didn't suspect anything. Sharma offered him to solve the problem by meeting and asked him to a plush hotel at Marine drive. He offered to settle the case in Rs 10 crore. When the businessman told him that it was unaffordable, the accused took out the gun and forcibly took him to surat. Mohammad paid him Rs 18 lakh, a high-end mobile phone and a wristwatch, said Inspector Ajay Sawant.

After realising that he had been cheated, the businessman filed a complaint at Marine Drive police station. Later it was transferred to the anti-extortion cell which tracked the accused to Gujarat through his mobile location. But he already escaped to Bengaluru from where he was arrested. Police have recovered a uniform, fake identity and accusing materials from him. He had also cheated many people in Bengaluru, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh using the same identity. He got the information about the businessman from his rival. He will be called for the questioning, said investigating officer Sachin Kadam.

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