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Gang running fake lottery racket busted

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 25, 2013
First Published: 09:51 IST(25/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:55 IST(25/6/2013)

The UP anti-terror squad (ATS) has busted a gang involved in illegal transfer of funds, collected through fake lottery offers, from India to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

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The ATS, which had put several cell phone numbers under surveillance, came to know about the racket involving people in India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The ATS on Monday arrested two persons Krishna Kumar Maurya and Anubhav Kumar in this connection. The ATS suspected that the money thus collected was being transferred to terrorists organisations during the last two years.

Additional director general (law and order) Arun Kumar told newsmen in lucknow on Monday that the modus operandi was to give lucrative lottery offers to the caller and ask them to deposit money in a bank account for processing of lottery amount. Thereafter, the money was withdrawn through ATM cards and was sent to contact persons in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Nepal.

The gang, according to Kumar, had so far cheated more than 100 people in the name of lottery in India. The ATS probe indicated that Krishna Kumar Maurya was in regular touch with people in these countries and had been transferring money to them.

Arun Kumar said the ATS had gathered information about people getting phone calls/SMS and e-mail message about lottery which then sought their address and bank account numbers. The ATS has recovered 62 ATM cards.

Maurya told the police that he had come into contact with a Pakistani national Raju in 2011 and both worked together for seven months. Maurya was getting 5% percent commission. The ATS has also arrested two commission agents Govind Singh (Sultanpur) and Narendra Singh (Faizabad) who were working for the gang. The police have asked the people to report any matter about such lottery offer to the nearest police station.

Sadly, that is not the case with others like Anupam Raizada and his family of three (including his wife and two sons, Anjor,19, and Atharv, 11). The family was asked to evacuate their hotel room at night due to a flood alert. Consequently, they took refuge in the hills.

Raizada and his elder son were severely injured when they were hit by rocks and separated from Mrs Raizada and the younger son, who were last seen on June 16. The kid was later reported to have suffered spinal injury. Raizada’s wife, with multiple fractures, was rescued when she went to fetch water for her son and lost her way back. The last news about boy was received on June 18. Since then, the Raizada family is scattered.


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