With the arrest of five fraudsters from Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra and bringing them back to Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh police on Monday claimed to have busted an international gang of fraudsters connected to Pakistan.
Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said that the gang had duped 52-year-old man Janakaram Patel of Bilaspur city to the tune of Rs 65 lakh between February to September this year luring him as a winner of a lucky draw.
The arrested accused were identified as Rajesh Jaiswal (55), Sitaram Gauda (35), Virat Singh (21), Shivam Thakur (20) and Sanju Chauhan (20). Rajesh hails from Mumbai in Maharashtra, Sitaram hails from Ganjam district in Odisha while Virat Shivam and Sanju, all residents of Madhya Pradesh, SP said.
Patel was told that he had been selected in a lucky draw for a first prize of Rs 25 lakh from telecom company and he had won Rs 2 crore as lucky winner of a renowned TV show. The caller asked the victim to deposit fees so that he could claim the amount. The victim had deposited an amount in 12 bank accounts, the senior officer added.
During the investigation, the cyber cell and police team found that the callers made audio/whatsapp calls to Patel from various Pakistani numbers and Indian numbers/second line numbers whose location was found in Pakistan, Agrawal said.
During the technical analysis of the mobile numbers and bank accounts, police came to know that the victim had deposited Rs 50 lakh in the different bank accounts of Madhya Pradesh based Virat Singh, who had made online transfer of these amounts to Mumbai based Rajesh and Odisha based Sitaram, he added.
Based on the analysis of the mobile numbers and bank accounts, Virat was arrested from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, Agrawal said.
During the interrogation, he confessed that he works for Pakistan based Chhota Mamu alias Afsar, Bada Mamu alias Asgar and Saleem. Virat told police that he interacted with the masterminds via video/whatsapp call to fix the deal. The dupe people by luring them of providing lucky draw amounts, he added.
The arrested accused told police after duping Patel of Rs 65 lakh, he made an online transfer of Rs 50 lakh to Rajesh and Sitaram. After this, Rajesh and Sitaram had made another online transfer to Pakistani masterminds of Rs 45 lakh. Based on the confession, another accused involved in the crime were arrested, SP said.
Police seized Rs 42 lakh in cash besides three laptops, 13 mobile phones, ATM card having Rs 15 lakh and bank pass books from their possession. Police have also blocked transfer of Rs 27 lakh in other bank accounts, the senior officer further said.