The cyber police arrested a 35-year-old man accused of being part of a 30-member gang of net-banking account hackers from Gwalior district. Till now, 13 gang members have been arrested.
The accused used to work as a co-ordinator for the gang by opening bank accounts in different banks to enable the hackers in transferring the amount looted by hacking bank accounts.
The police brought him to Bhopal where he has been sent to jail, the police said.
According to the Bhopal cyber police, the accused -- identified as Anil Sikarwar, a resident of Dholpur in Rajasthan -- majorly used to operate from Gwalior but has also opened bank accounts in Delhi and Mumbai on the documents of his fellow members.
The police arrested him on Tuesday after getting a tip-off.
Accused opened 60 accounts in different cities to enable hackers transfer the looted amount
“During interrogation, Sikarwar confessed to opening nearly 60 bank accounts in different cities of the country to enable the hackers transfer the looted amount. He used to open the bank accounts on the documents of his fellow members only. He also informed the police that the accounts were used to transfer looted amount which was more than Rs 5 crore” said town inspector of cyber cell Mahendra Singh.
Singh said Sikarwar used to work on a commission varying between 5 and 15%.
“In the past six months, the police have arrested 13 of the 30-member gang from different places of Delhi, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Most of the arrested members have completed their education only till high school. The main accused of the gang, who is suspected to be in Agra, is yet to be arrested,” added Singh.
“A case was registered against Sikarwar for cheating and forgery of valuable security under relevant sections of IPC and Information Technology (IT) Act. He was presented before the court here and sent to jail. Investigations are on to nab the remaining absconding members of his gang,” said Singh.