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Accused of fraud, she hangs self in lock-up

mumbai Updated: Apr 03, 2010 01:04 IST
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A 28-year-old woman allegedly involved in cheating a Dahisar-based businessman of Rs 1.96 lakh, was found hanging at the Goregaon (E) police station on Friday.

Swapna Salvi had taken his card posing as a Citibank employee who would upgrade it, and didn’t return it. On Wednesday, Goregaon (E) police had taken custody of Salvi and her accomplice, Arvind Gudappa Gowda (27) from the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.

“After a Mumbai-based private bank told them about the illegal credit card transaction in Ahmedabad, the Goregaon police tipped off the Ahmedabad Crime Branch, who trapped and arrested the two,” said a senior officer.

On Thursday, Salvi and Gowda were produced in a Metropolitan Court at Borivli, after which they had a medical examination at a municipal hospital. Back at the police station, Gowda was kept in the police lockup, Salvi was taken to the women’s room on the second floor of the police station.

Salvi, a Malad (E) resident, earlier worked with a credit card delivery company, where she learned the mechanics of how credit cards work. In custody, a woman constable had accompanied Salvi since Thursday evening. “In the morning, the constable came down to the ground floor to make a call from the police landline. When she went back up, she found Salvi hanging from the ceiling fan by a dupatta,” said Jayawant Hargude, assistant commissioner of police, Crime Branch.

“Salvi had tea with the constable on Thursday evening and even chatted with her. She was a sensitive person,” said an officer.

“They were booked on charges of cheating and forgery, and remanded to police custody until April 5,” said Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police, North region.

“After Salvi’s arrest by Ahmedabad Crime Branch, the Goregaon (E) police took transit remand of the two accused, after the Magistrate visited the spot,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Amar Jadhav of the Crime Branch.