Kerala State Police arrests a man Impersonating as a Naval Officer
Kochi 4th July, 2020: Kerala State police arrested a man for posing as an officer (Lieutenant) in Indian Navy near Naval Base, Kochi on 01 Jul 20. Mr RajaNath, 23 hailing from Nadia, West Bengal was travelling to various places in Naval Uniform. The individual has also uploaded videos in ‘TikTok’ posing as a Naval Officer.
Raja Nath arrived Kochi on Oct 19 and was residing in an apartment A 160, Water Tank Road, Mattummel, Thevara, Kochi till date. The individual had got uniforms made from shops at Kochi.
The police have registered a case against the individual under Sec 140 of IPC for impersonating as an officer in Indian Navy and has also recovered Naval uniforms/ badges from his residence.
A similar incident was reported earlier also at Thevara Police Station for impersonation as Commander in Indian Navy by Mr Nibit Daniel. This individual was allegedly involved in fraudulent activities by posing as a senior officer in the Indian Navy who had also got uniforms stitched locally.
It is hereby reiterated that impersonation of service personnel by others is a cognizable offence and those indulging in such activities would be subject to stringent measures to avoid Anti-national elements from utilizing this method for ulterior motives, which pose a potentially grave threat to national security.
District administrations of Kutch (Gujarat) and Srinagar, and State Government of Punjab had issued orders for a ban on unauthorized sale of Armed forces uniform under section 144 of CrPC. Indian Navy is taking up a similar case with Kerala State government for the ban of unauthorised sale of Armed forces’ uniform in Kerala.