THE THREE persons arrested by the Crime Branch on Monday for duping innocent farmers in the name of providing them loans under various schemes used to go visit villages in a car flashing a red light.
This gave immediate acceptability in the rural community and many people were caught in their web of deceit. They used to tell the innocent villagers that official from Bhopal had come to survey their land and they would ensure that their loans were sanctioned.
Today over 25 farmers from Rajgarh in Dhar and neighbouring areas came to Indore and lodged their complaints that they too had been duped by the accused in the name of providing loans.
The police now believe that over the last one year the accused must have duped hundreds of people to the tune of crores of rupees, and they expect more and more of their victims to come forward in the days to come.
The gang was involved in duping people in the name of providing them loans under the ‘Kisan Loan Scheme’ by giving catchy advertisements in newspapers. Two revolvers and some cartridges have also been seized from them.
One of the accused was a woman, who was in the racket along with her brother. They used to take money in the name of processing fees and then as a percentage of the ‘sanctioned’ loan. In reality, no loan was ever sanctioned to anyone, because there was no scheme called ‘Kisan Loan Scheme’ and the letter purportedly sanctioning the loan to the victim was invariably forged. While the victims went from pillar to post with the letter, the accused made some excuses and if things got a bit sticky, they even threatened the victims.
The accused are Vijay Sonwane (34), resident of Malviya Nagar, his sister Rekha (25), resident of Krishnabagh Colony and Sailes Hagaur (31), resident of Heera Apartment (near Anand Hospital), 6, Sindhu Nagar.
They had opened office under name of Ma Shakti Enterprises and Sagar Enterprises at Shrivardhan Complex, RNT Marg from where they used to give advertisements in newspapers promising loans against farmland at attractive rates.
Lured by the advertisement, the moment someone came to the office they used to take anywhere between Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000 as processing fees. They had agents in places like Jhabua, Dhar, Dewas etc and a large number of customers also came from these rural areas.
Then they used to give a fake letter to banks informing the victim that their loan had been sanctioned, and take 5 per cent of the sanctioned amount. The police also seized seals, letterheads and other stationary of various banks from the accused.
They had been operating for the past one year and would have continued had not Bheru Singh Pawar of Khakrod, Manglia complained to the police. He had been assured a loan of Rs 15 lakh under the scheme and had paid Rs 51,500 to the accused in two installments.
They got inspiration from another criminal
THE THREE accused got inspiration for this scheme from one Pratesh Vyas who had originally started this duping scheme, and they used to work under him. However, Vyas was involved in the murder of a nurse in Dewas sometime back and is now in jail. The three accused then started their own racket.