Get the latest news from Nation Next in your inbox.
In a dramatic chase, the Sitabuldi Police, on Sunday, arrested two men, who along with their two accomplices, would pose as cops to loot people. While Humayun Jafri (43), a resident of Ambewali in Mumbai, was arrested from Ambikapur in Chhatisgarh, Irfan Ali (25), a resident of Budhara, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested from his hometown. Sitabuldi police has recovered valuables worth Rs 12 lakh from the men and is now in search of their accomplices.Also read: Thieves posing as crime branch officials rob man of his valuables at WHC road
The tip off and the chase
Last month around four cases of men posing as cops and looting people were reported in Nagpur. While investigating these cases, which were lodged at Sitabuldi, Hudkeshwar, Ambazari and Beltarodi police stations, the cops started acquiring the CCTV footage at the four crime scenes. The study of the footage enabled the police to identify and get images of the imposters.
A few days back, Sitabuldi Police received a tip off about these men travelling to Mumbai through a train. The police laid a trap to catch the robbers but could not as these men changed the plan at the last moment and went to Bihar by train. The police team then left for Bihar. While on their way to Bihar, the police again received a tip off about the men being present in Ambikapur in Chattisgarh. At Ambikapur, the police arrested Humayun, who told the police the location of his two accomplices – Irfan and Salman Jafri (42), a resident of Budhara, Madhya Pradesh. While the police managed to arrest Irfan, Salman managed to flee.
The police are now trying to ascertain whether these men also carried out similar thefts in other cities or states. Also, the police is looking for Salman and the fourth partner of the fake police gang.