COIMBATORE:The Coimbatore City police have been fooled for over two years by a man and a woman, who posed as a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police and his wife. They made the police give them VIP cover and accompany them on their shopping sprees.
The incident came to light when a man from whom they had demanded money made a complaint to the Saravanampatti police. The police have detained the couple, who are being questioned.
The two, G Shanmugham Durai (49), a granite trader from Madurai, and his companion, Meena Kumari (50), are residents of Saligramam in Chennai. They came to Coimbatore on Saturday, and were staying at a luxurious hotel on Avinashi Road, from where they called the Saravanampatti police. Claiming to be a former DIG living in Peelamedu, Durai demanded that a police escort be provided to him and his “wife.”A sub-inspector and two constables were then deputed for escort duty. A police car was also provided.
The two then went to a jewellery store in Gandhipuram where their action aroused suspicion. The escorts took them back to the Saravanampatti station and began making inquiries.
The police found the DIG whom Durai claimed to be had retired more than two years back. On contacting people the couple had visited, they learned that the two used to extort money from businessmen. One of them had lodged a formal complaint to the Saravanampatty police.
A case was registered against them under various IPC Sections.