The recently arrested fake call centre accused, Akhilesh Singh, told police that it was Haider Mansoori and Arjun Vasudevan who visited him at his shop at Mira Road in July and asked him to lease the premises.
Akhilesh said he was also approached by Tapesh Gupta in July. Tapesh, one of the main accused told Singh that Shaggy needed a shop or place to open another call centre in Mira Road.Tapesh is currently missing and police suspect he is with key accused Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy in Dubai.
“Haider and Arjun met Akhilesh in July and tried to lure him with the promise of easy money. Haider initially told Akhilesh to lease the office from where he used to run a car business. He later withdrew his proposal. Akhilesh told Haider he would help them search for another place. A few days later, he told Haider that a floor could be rented at Hari Om IT park in Mira road,” said the police.
Haider told Akhilesh to invest his money in the call centre and give him the office only when it was fully equipped with computers and furniture.
Akhilesh invested more than Rs20 lakh and asked his father Ajay to do the same.
“I sold my field and jewellery. Now we are bankrupt. We were depending on the call centre to pay out rent. We do not know how to manage the finances of our daughter’s wedding in February. We have promised to give the groom’s family a car but we do not have a single rupee in our account,” said Ajay.
“I had warned my son not to enter the call centre business but he was lured with the prospect of easy and fast money. My son help them get the office in good faith,” he added.
“Akhilesh told us he met Haider and Arjun frequently and soon, he found out that the call centre was fraudulent. Akhilesh told us that he contacted Tapesh, Haider and other people regarding leasing his shop. However, investigations revealed that none of them were contacted. Akhilesh got scared when the call centre was raided on October 4 so he fled to his relative place along with his family,” said a police officer from the Thane crime branch.