Kolkata police have arrested Debanjan Deb, a 28-year-old UPSC aspirant, for impersonating as a Joint Commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).
He was arrested after posing as an IAS officer and organised a COVID-19 vaccination camp, where actor and TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty had also got her jab. Ms Chakraborty became suspicious about the vaccination process as she did not receive the customary SMS and informed the police, reports The Hindu.
Deb duped many of several lakhs of rupees and used that money to pay his employees' salaries and rent for the office after lying to his family about becoming an IAS officer.
"Deb was an IAS aspirant but could not crack the UPSC examinations. In 2018, he told his father and relatives that he passed the tests and became an IAS officer," an IPS officer investigating this case said.
"When people started approaching him for help in COVID-19 related needs, Deb promised them assistance as an official and started going around identifying himself as a Joint Commissioner of the KMC," police said.
Police have received several complaints against the fake IAS officer. A person also approached the Kolkata Police claiming that Deb had taken Rs 90 lakh from him.
Deb held two camps in the city where thousands of people were suspected of having been inoculated. He got labels of Covishield printed and pasted them on several vials of an antibiotic injection used for several bacterial infections.