Watch: Fake marshal nabbed making a fine attempt


19-year-old claims clerk at BBMP office gave him duplicate radio, file

A 19-year-old, who claims he was led into believing that he can become a BBMP marshal and start collecting fines from people for covid norm violations, got caught in the act in Jayanagar on Wednesday evening.

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. Tilaknagar police, who were on rounds in the area, smelt a rat as the man was not in the uniform and asked him for his ID card. As he could not produce any proof, the police took him to the station. Kiran told the police that he was only spreading awareness using BBMP’s name and had not collected any money from anyone.

Marshal supervisor Shiva said that on Wednesday evening, the police got in touch with them to inform them about the suspect they had apprehended. “We had heard that someone in civil clothes was collecting money from the public illegally using BBMP’s name for the past one week, but we had not come across any and were keeping an eye out for the person. When the police caught him, we spoke to him at the station. The man told us that he was following the instructions of a person named Ranganna, a clerk at the BBMP office. We are still not sure about his role and are investigating it,” said Shiva.

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

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–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.

Somashekar Patil, Division supervisor of marshals, said that their team was at the police station trying to get all the details and would file a complaint with the police.



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Sagar Biswas

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