In a major breakthrough, the police on Tuesday laid a trap and rounded up two members of a gang of cybercriminals that has hacked into the bank accounts of 15 people from Mumbai and Thane and robbed them of Rs4-5crore.
The arrest saw a lot of drama with one of the two accused assaulting policemen and fleeing, only to come under a bus and break his leg.
This is the first time that a member of the gang, against which cases have been filed in Mumbai, Thane and Nashik in the past one year, has been caught, the police said.
The crime branch is now on the lookout for three more accused, including the hacker.
The crime branch had taken over the investigation of a savings account hacking case from DB Marg police station a week ago.
The team, under senior police inspector Nandkumar Gopale and assistant police inspector Nitin Patil, learnt that money from one of the hacked accounts would be withdrawn from a bank in Goregaon (East) on Tuesday, following which it laid a trap at the bank.
When the two accused walked into the bank, the police immediately rounded up Salim Sayyed alias Anil Verma.
However, his associate and the key accused in the case, Muzammil Tazdar, 33, shoved the policemen away and started running.
His undoing was his urge to look back to see how close the policemen were, as it caused him to slip and come under a passing bus on the busy Dindoshi road.
The police pulled Tazdar out from under the bus and later admitted him to GT hospital as he had fractured his leg. He will be arrested after discharge.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime, said the arrest is likely to help solve many more cases.
Sources said that Tazdar, who operated under various aliases, including Sumit Gupta, Shalil Khan and Harsh Bajaj, has at least 50 accounts in leading banks.
After hacking into an account, the gang would transfer the victim’s money to one of Tazdar’s accounts.
The gang has also been known t o cheat people by enticing them into investing in fictitious money doubling schemes and lotteries through text messages.
Tazdar, who was staying in Goregaon, runs a readymade garments business in Uttar Pradesh and has a diploma in Information Technology.
The police have recovered five PAN cards with Tazdar’s photos and different names, and several debit and credit cards.
Officials said the gang specialises in preparing forged PAN cards and documents.