Inter-state cheating racket busted

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 10:56:40



Staff Reporter

DISTRICT police team arrested four in Pune, Maharashtra in connection with cheating case involving Rs 48 lakh of Industrial Area, Hathkhoj, Bhilai-3. The police said that accused were operating the interstate cheating racket by creating fake trading companies and as per preliminary investigation they were also involved in cheating to the tune of Rs 1 crore in Raipur and Mumbai but the police are yet to ascertain the facts in the same context.

Police sources informed that the accused were identified as Ravi Panwar alias Ravi Pawar (32), Kishor BapuUdage (30), Deepak Gujral (31) and Bashid Ismail Sayyad (52), all residents of Pune Maharashtra. The police said that among the accused of operating interstate cheating racket the two Deepak Gujral and Kishor Bapu Udage had created fake trading companies without the company offices and factory and they cheated the victim industrialist Preeti Singh, Proprietor, Sai Infra India Private Limited, Hathkhoj, Bhilai-3 with Rs 48 lakhs on pretext of trading with the company. On basis of facts of crime established in the investigation the police arrested the accused and registered offence against them under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code. The police are further investigating the matter.

Police sources further informed that in the complaint the victim industrialist Preeti Singh stated that the accused paid their company in advance Rs 24 lakh through RTGS and issued cheques for Rs 48 lakh against the remaining payment in the deal and as per the order the accused were delivered H R Sheets (iron plates), weighing 150 tonnes in Pune district of Maharashtra. The complainant in the criminal offence also stated that owing to considerable delay in remaining payment as per the deal, Sudhir Das, Manager, Sai Infra India Private Limited, Bhilai-3 was sent to personally met the company director to sort out the matter but he was shocked to learn that there were no company office or factory was existing in the given address.

While elaborating on modus operandi of the accused operating the interstate cheating racket, the police said that they used to set their prey by promptly making advance payment of considerable amount in the deal through RTGS and cheating the victim industrialist by creating fake companies and the gang members used to do trading with other parties with delivered goods. They also issued the cheques of meager amount to the victim on insistence for clearing payment remaining amount in the deal. When queried as only two accused were hooded when brought before the media persons, the police said that as per facts of the crime the two hooded accused received the delivery of HR Sheets and they would be identified by the truck drivers and cleaners in the identification parade as part of investigation in the matter.