A 36-year-old shopkeeper from Lahori Gate has been arrested for allegedly leading a gang of thieves who used to steal credit cards for him that he swiped at his shop and generated fake bills to the owners.
The accused, identified as Rajesh Maini — an alumnus of Atma Ram Sanathan Dharm College (ARSD) at South Campus, Delhi University (DU), was arrested from his shop in Lahori Gate by a team led by inspector Awatar Singh Rawat.
Son of a retired director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), he took to crime for easy money.
Police also recovered three swipe machines, laptops, fake bills and cheque books from his possession.
"The account details of all the three machines were obtained and it was found that Maini was involved in swiping credit cards at large scale. Complaints regarding theft of credit cards from others were received and it was found that the accused had swiped lakhs of rupees from his shop and had generated false bills in the names of credit card holders," said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south).
Police reached Maini's shop while investigating a case of bag lifting reported from the Safdarjung Enclave area in south Delhi.
Once it was stolen, the entire value of the credit card to the tune of R1. 82 lakh was swiped by making four attempts in seven minutes only.
Three other accused, who stole credit cards at Maini's behest, are presently on the run. "The accused used to share the booty in a ratio of 60:40," said a senior police officer.