Swapna Salvi (28), who committed suicide in the Goregaon police station on Friday, had been picked up by Ahmedabad Crime Branch when she and her friend had gone to collect money from a petrol pump.
Ahmedabad Crime Branch said Salvi and her friend Arvind Mundappa Gaur were arrested on Wednesday from Master Petrol Pump at Shahpur in Ahmedabad. The two had struck a deal with an unidentified petrol pump employee who was to give them the money in lieu of a card swipe of Rs 1.96 lakh.
Police said the two visited the pump some time in the morning.
“They struck a deal with someone there. Salvi swiped the credit card for Rs 1.96 lakh —their petrol pump accomplice was to keep five per cent of that, and give the rest of the money to the duo,” said Senior Police Inspector Vinay Shukla.
Shukla added that the two took part of the money in the morning, and returned to the pump in the evening to collect the rest of it.
“By then, the bank had alerted us about the card theft, and because of the high value of the swipe, we located them,” he said, explaining that the duo transferred Rs 20,000 to an account in Mumbai.
“They also spent Rs 8,000 to buy flight tickets for Ahmedabad to Mumbai,” he said.
Shukla said the petrol pump staffer might also be grilled for the fraudulent swipe.
The case has been transferred to Mumbai Crime Branch, which has begun investigations into the suicide. Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti said Unit XII is carrying out the investigation.
“It’s too early to say anything right now,” he said, adding that an inquest and post-mortem will be carried out first.