Six college students, including a woman, have been booked for collecting donations from people on JM Road for orphans and the elderly by posing as Rotaract Club members. Officials of the Deccan Gymkhana police station recovered fake receipt books and a fake stamp of the Rotaract Club, Parvati division, from the six.
The six were identified as Rajesh Bhushan, Saurabh Tiwari, Ashish Kaul, Tuhin Shriwastava, Ashish Shriva-stava and Ravisha Rana, all aged between 21 and 25 years. The police said the group of students from a reputable college in the city sought donations ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 300 from commuters near Balgandharva auditorium on JM Road.
They said the young people were exposed by an RTI activist, Ravindra Barate. Barate was approached by one of the students when he stopped his car at a signal near Balgandharva on Wednesday. “I was going to my office on Wednesday afternoon and as I halted, a girl aged about 25 introduced herself as a member of Rotaract Club and soughyt a donation,” he said.
Barate, who was told by the girl that the money was for orphan children and aged people who did not have any support, lodged a complaint at the Deccan Gymkhana police station after examining the receipt book the poseurs had on them and finding it fishy.
Barate approached Police Sub-Inspector U S Yadav, after which a police team rushed out and detained all six youths. “We checked their receipt books and learnt that there was no registration number printed on any leaf of the book and the stamp of Rotaract Club was also forged,” Yadav said.