Puttur: A person called Dayanand, who impersonated as a food inspector, was arrested by the town police for collecting money from chicken shops, grocery shops and restaurants in Punacha in Bantwal taluk.
In fact, he earlier served as food inspector in Puttur and had been suspended from service for malpractices. Traders in Bantwal taluk had heard his name or known him, but they were not aware of his suspension.
Taking advantage of his past career, he visited various shops in Punacha and by citing one reason or other charged penalties for purported violations.
He issued receipts bearing the official seal of the department of food and civil supplies. Apparently, he had enough stock of either genuine or privately printed receipts which had been affixed with the seal while he was in service.
When the matter was reported to the police on suspicion, they raided a lodging house here and took Dayanand into custody. More fake documents are likely to be in his possession.
A large number of traders are believed to have been taken for a ride by him, some of even losing amounts up to Rs 15,000. The total quantum of amount collected by him is yet to be ascertained, as the police are expecting more complaints.
Further, since the con job took place under the jurisdiction of Vittal police station, the case has been handed over to them.
They have informed that further complaints, if any, should be submitted to the Vittal police.