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Four months on, Thane fake call centre scam mastermind still at large

A police officer from Thane crime branch said 37 employees of the fake call centres were produced in court, and out of these 27 were granted bail, while 10 were sent to magistrate custody

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2017 23:35 IST
Arvind Walmiki
The mastermind, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, has not been caught.
The mastermind, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, has not been caught.(HT FILE)

It has been four months since the Thane fake call centre scam was busted, but the police are still investigating the case and the mastermind, Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, has not been caught.

A police officer from Thane crime branch said 37 employees of the fake call centres were produced in court, and out of these 27 were granted bail, while 10 were sent to magistrate custody (MCR). “We are continuously looking for the 630 employees who were working for the nine fake call centres. We are producing them in court too. While some of them have been granted bail, few have been sent to MCR and this depends upon their role in the fraud.”

On December 2, the Thane crime branch had filed a 5,000-page chargesheet in the case that named 700 people as accused. The police also filed supplementary chargesheet on Monday showing properties seized.

These 37 accused, who were produced in court, were present when the raid was conducted on October 4. It was then that Thane police, along with Thane rural police, raided nine call centres and arrested 70 employees while booking 630 more who were initially let off after taking down their names and addresses.

The cops later found that the accused were given scripts to read prepared by the bosses. The only requirement for the job was fluency in English as even HSC failed people were hired on huge salary packages.

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