Mumbai: Taking a leaf out of the book of
anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, hawkers here helped
police caught a 38-year-old fake ACB cop for extorting money
from them, police said on Saturday.
The accused, identified as Pradeep Tiwari, was caught
on Thursday night after he was chased by a constable from
Dadar of Central Mumbai, they said.
Tiwari had been extorting Rs 10 each from the hawkers
at Bhaji Galli for the past few days by posing self as a
policeman attached with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
"A fake ACB card was also recovered from him. He also
threatened hawkers claiming he had good contacts with Crime
Branch, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and CBI
officials. If they don`t pay the money, they will not be
allowed to conduct business on the streets," said B Landge,
inspector at Shivaji Park police station.
Another officer said the hawkers were "inspired" by
Hazare`s anti corruption movement and hence had pledged not to
offer bribe to anyone.
When asked Landge said, "I heard of influence of
Hazare`s movement on the hawkers."
On the day of the incident, introducing self as an ACB
cop, Tiwari demanded Rs 10 from a vegetable vendor Rakesh
Vaish who got suspicious about his credentials and alerted
fellow vendors and cops.
As a constable intercepted him, Tiwari claimed that he
was an ACB cop and had "good contacts". After a while, he
started running away from the spot and caught and arrested for
extortion, police said.