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PBI detains man for impersonating senior police official

  • Published at 02:12 pm June 6th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:12 pm June 6th, 2018
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PBI detained Altaf Hossain on charges of impersonating a high ranking police official Courtesy

A special team of PBI detained Altaf Hossain, 49, during a drive in the Pallabi area of Dhaka on Tuesday

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has detained a man on charges of posing as an additional superintendent of police. 

A special team of PBI detained Altaf Hossain, 49, during a drive in the Pallabi area of Dhaka on Tuesday. The PBI made the disclosure in a press release on Wednesday. 

According to the press release, police Inspector Md Monirul Islam received a phone call on May 21, from a man who introduced himself as Altaf Hossain, additional superintendent of police of the Security Cell of Police Headquarters in Dhaka.

During that phone call, Altaf lobbied for a plaintiff of a case, of which Inspector Monirul is the investigation officer (IO).

The impersonator also told the IO to submit the case report in favour of the plaintiff, and offered him a bribe. He called the inspector again on May 22, 23, and 24.

On suspicion of fraud, police investigated the identity of Altaf and found that no such person is currently working at the Security Cell of the Police Headquarters.

Police impersonator Altaf Hossain's belongings, seized by the PBI | Courtesy

Md Rafikul, a witness of the case that the impersonator tried to lobby for, told the IO that Altaf Hossain has been identifying himself as a senior police official in the Pallabi area. 

After learning about the impersonator, Banaj Kumar Muzumder, deputy inspector general (DIG) of the PBI, directed officials concerned to detain Altaf Hossain as soon as possible.

Following directives, a special team of PBI conducted a drive in the Pallabi area and detained Altaf from a residential building. Twenty visiting cards bearing Altaf’s fake identity, a mobile phone, six SIM cards, and a rubber stamp were seized from his home.

Further investigation revealed that Altaf had joined the Bangladesh Police in 1988 as a constable. He was sent on early retirement in 2007, for impersonating senior officials of Special Branch, the Criminal Investigation Department, and the Detective Branch of police.

The press release further stated that despite losing his job, Altaf continued to impersonate high-level police officials, and had engaged in fraudulent behaviour such as blackmail and extortion.

Police Inspector Md Monirul Islam filed a case against Altaf Hossain with Rupnagar police station on Tuesday. PBI Sub-Inspector MD Humayun Kabir Molla is investigating the case.