Watch: Fake marshal nabbed making a fine attempt
A 19-year-old, who claims he was led into believing that he can become a
The cops found the young man, Kiran, loitering about in his slippers with a duplicate radio and a file with BBMP’s logo pasted on it, speaking to the people and asking them to mask up in Jayanagar.
Kiran claims he had approached a BBMP clerk for a job and that the latter gave him a duplicate radio like the one we use. The clerk asked him to collect money, he says
–Shiva, Marshal supervisor
Kiran, who has studied till Class 10, comes from a poor family and his father is a daily wage worker. “Kiran claims he had approached Ranganna for a job and the latter provided him with a duplicate radio like the one we use. Ranganna asked him to collect money from people in Jayanagar and said that he too would join him,” Shiva said.
But when Kiran was caught, Ranganna was nowhere to be found. “We are yet to confirm his allegations against Ranganna, who is denying all of it,” he said.
A senior police officer said Kiran was caught walking on the road asking people to wear masks. “Even if he asked people for money, there is little possibility that people paid him as the public often checks for ID, which he did not have,” the officer said. The police officer said even marshals find it tough to collect the fine from people, who are often argumentative. “And this is when they go in groups, in uniform and with support from the police. So it seems unlikely that Kiran collected any money.
He was caught immediately too. He has given the marshals an apology letter and they have not filed a written complaint with us yet to take up the case,” said the officer.