Debanjan Deb was the epitome of success. The coveted IAS tag behind his title, a blue beacon automobile to journey on, social media posts which confirmed him off posing with the Kolkata’s energy elite at numerous features, had been all his to flaunt. Earlier this yr when a Tagore bust in North Kolkata was unveiled by a neighborhood library, the plaque under had a listing of dignitaries who had been current or had been concerned in siting the bust. Alongside the inscribed names of a member of parliament, state legislators and different dignitaries, was Deb’s title, with the job description of ‘joint secretary’ to the federal government of West Bengal.
For his classmates on the metropolis’s Taki Home faculty, he was a backbench boy to be pleased with. Nonetheless, when information broke on tv channels that Deb was a conman, who had held faux vaccination camps and duped folks into believing he was an IAS officer and a prime official with Kolkata Municipal Company, his associates and neighbours had been surprised.
Celebrities and politicians with whom he had posted footage on social media began scrambling to distance themselves from the person, who they mentioned “We used to name Debanjan, Debu. He was a really mediocre pupil. A timid boy who by no means obtained into any mischief.After we heard he had gone up in life, we had been completely satisfied and proud who may think about that he had truly reworked right into a smooth-talking conman,” Deb’s classmate, in Taki Home in Sealdah, who didn’t want to be named instructed PTI.
“It looks like a dream which went awry and was a nightmare, the classmate added.Now none of his associates or neighbours need to come clean with being near him. He has disgraced us, our faculty we really feel jittery about telling anybody we knew him,” the good friend mentioned wryly.
His father Manoranjan Deb, a retired deputy collector of the state excise division, has taken to mattress in shock and refuses to satisfy anybody, whereas neighbours have successfully boycotted the household. Deb accomplished his commencement in Zoology from Charuchandra school and took admission for a masters diploma in Genetics at Calcutta College which he by no means accomplished.
Issues began taking a brand new flip in 2014 when Deb appeared for the civil companies examinations. “Debanjan couldn’t crack the UPSC preliminary examinations however instructed his dad and mom that he was profitable and shall be travelling for probationer coaching,” mentioned a police officer investigating the circumstances towards the 28-year-old conman, which now vary from dishonest to aim to homicide as his faux vaccination camos have administered injections on some 2,000 folks, the after results of that are but to be ascertained.
As a substitute of travelling to Mussoorie for his coaching, Deb went to work with an occasion administration agency and through that stint got here out with a couple of music albums. In 2017, he was again and instructed his dad and mom that his coaching was over and he had gained a spot within the state secretariat. Final yr, after the outbreak of the pandemic, the younger ‘IAS officer’ began procuring sanitisers, masks, PPEs, gloves and rented a couple of rooms at a membership in Taltala to run his enterprise.
“He had made good revenue in dealing in items them and within the course of began assembly officer-in-charges of a number of police stations, a couple of politicians and different influential folks,” the police officer mentioned. To construct a rapport with politicians and prime functionaries he began donating consignments of masks, sanitisers and PPE kits, fairly often within the presence of a neighborhood chief. Invariably he would inform politicians, prime bureaucrats and policemen that he was a social employee. Pictures of such features tarted showing on his social media posts, which took care to make use of the time period “public servant” to explain him.
Nonetheless, to the general public at massive he let or not it’s recognized that he was an IAS officer, a declare he didn’t make both on his fb or twitter account. He went to nice lengths to ascertain his identification as a authorities official, printing faux letterheads and identification playing cards. Even faux e-mail accounts resembling Kolkata municipal company accounts had been arrange. Whereas KMC makes use of kmcgov.in, Deb used kmcgov.org.
Pretend financial institution accounts too had been opened utilizing solid identification playing cards of Kolkata Company officers, which had been used to rout funds. He opened a brand new “City Planning and Improvement” firm and arrange an workplace in Kasba the place he workplace to resemble a KMC workplace.
“He not solely printed a number of paperwork bearing faux KMC logos, he additionally managed to have made writing pad having the state authorities’s Biswa Bangla brand in addition to holograms of the civic physique,” the police officer mentioned. All the things may have continued to run its course for some extra time, however for his mistake in inviting actress and TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty to take the anti-Covid jab at one of many free vaccination camps run by him. The actress suspected it was a faux for some motive and alerted Kolkata Municipal Company officers, who quickly came upon that Deb was an imposter and had him arrested.
Whereas the law enforcement officials investigating him say that they perceive his need to generate income via his firm or achieve a faux social standing by posing as an IAS officer, they’re nonetheless clueless why he did is “charitable free vaccination camps” spending cash out of his pocket in shopping for anti-biotics which had been injected and hiring nurses and docs for the job. Psychologist Debasish Chakraborty who has studied comparable circumstances, says that there’s a class of people who’re prepared to run the chance of moving into critical bother merely to get a kick out of duping folks.
“It’s a type of pleasure seeing folks providing you with respect and a focus even via false means. This appears to be true in Debanjan’s case,” Chakraborty instructed PTI. This appears to have led Deb to seem as a social employee and begin Covid- 19 vaccination camps freed from value to all, the psychologist mentioned. “He was not even bothered concerning the medical dangers related to injecting antibiotics like Amikacin, an antibiotic treatment used for quite a lot of bacterial infections. He had turn into determined for the celebrity which was not his,” Chakraborty mentioned.
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