Beware — a new kind of daylight robbery in Hyderabad
Beware of fake policemen !
It happened two days ago. I was returning home after visiting my brother who is suffering from cancer. It was about 3 in the afternoon, in the busy road leading from Tarbund chaurasta to Bowenpally. Suddenly, a man, on a motorcycle, overtook me and waved me to stop, and started shouting in Telugu (I am not good in Telugu). He claimed to be a policeman and had apparently asked me to stop near the traffic lights. Since I had not stopped, he was going to file a case on me and hand me over to his DSP who was supposed to be following in a jeep. He said he would put me in jail and fine me Rs. 20 000 (YES twenty thousand). He dragged me to an isolated spot behind a tree. He asked for my driving license and he saw my bank card in the purse when I tried to pull out my license. He asked me how much I had in my bank, and told me to withdraw all the cash from the nearest ATM. His incoherent behaviour and obvious hurry immediately made me suspect that he was a fake. I was alone in an isolated spot. Yet, I stood firm and started asking him who he was and prove his identity. He was also not able to explain what was my offense for which he wanted me to stop in the first place. He felt annoyed at my questions and started shouting more in Telugu, and said he would confiscate my vehicle, and even shoot me (with the gun he said he was carrying) ! I pulled out my mobile phone and pretended to make a call. Seeing that his threatening gestures did not work, and that I could call for help on my mobile phone, he immediately withdrew saying that he was going to Bowenpally Police Station, to get his asistants. Without waiting for my response, he drove away on his motorcycle, which incidentally. did not have any number plate.
I waited at the same spot for a good half hour to see who else would come next. Since no one turned up, I left the place.
This is the second time such an incident has happened to me, very close to this same area. About two years ago, a person stopped my car and got into it by force, and tried to hijack it under the pretext that he was a policeman.
For those who read this — do not get disturbed by such incidents and tricksters. Never carry too much cash or jewellery on you if you are travelling alone, even on a busy street and in broad daylight. Do not cave in to such threats by so-called policemen. Never ever pay a bribe, to settle a police man’s threats. In any case, never succumb to anybody who asks for a bribe.
If anyone in the Police Dept. is reading this: please take action against such robberies and crimes. This incident may be just the tip of an iceberg.
Most important :: Please forward this story to all your friends, especially those who live and travel in Bowenpally – Tarbund area of Secunderabad. It should be noted that this area is also notorious for motorcycle-borne chain snatchers and purse snatchers. Join hands, and eradicate crime and bribery from this country.
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