Hyderabad: He failed to make his dream of becoming an IPS officer come true. But he did not give up, and instead, faked it out. However, living the life of an IPS officer on fake credentials was not easy, and this 25-year-old ended up behind bars after the mistake of stealing a dummy pistol led to his lid being blown off.
Karnati Guruvinod Kumar, 25, a resident of Golconda crossroads in Musheerabad and a native of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested by the Central Zone Task Force on Thursday on charges of impersonating as an Additional Superintendent of Police, National Investigation Agency (NIA).
However, the arrest came only after he had managed to hoodwink a retired Army Major into allowing him to stay in his house after telling him that he was an IPS officer. He used the connection with the Major to meet several IPS officers, take selfies with them and in between, used forged credentials as an IPS and NIA official to get privileged service in hotels and temples and so on. Interestingly, it was his move of stealing a dummy pistol, thinking it to be a real one, from the retired Major’s house that led to his arrest, with the ex-serviceman probing into his claims and finding them to be false.
“Guruvinod Kumar introduced himself as an NIA official to the public. He wore a uniform he bought from the market and carried the dummy pistol with him. To make people believe, he prepared fake rubber stamps and used those to get privilege at temples, hotels and other places,” City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said here on Thursday.
This was the fifth time Guruvinod was being arrested, and interestingly, all the previous arrests were for similar impersonations.
In 2016, he was arrested by the Giddalur police for allegedly impersonating as an officer working with the Indian Air Force. Again in 2019, he was arrested by the Neredmet police on similar charge. The Shameerpet police too arrested him when he posed as an IPS official and threatened some local persons in the area early this year.
“Guruvinod had appeared for several examinations hoping to get into the police service. However, all his attempts failed. He however told everyone that he had cracked the Civils and was an IPS officer,” the Commissioner said.