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Rs 4-crore rip-off: Did kingpin use jail computer to execute plan?

In the case of siphoning off Rs 4 crore from the treasury department of Chandigarh administration, the police are trying to figure out whether or not the kingpin, Prem Singh Bisht, used Burail jail computer to execute his plan. Bisht, a convict in a kidnapping case, had been assigned the job of a computer operator in jail. The economic offences wing (EOW) have arrested six people in this regard.

punjab Updated: May 09, 2016 13:09 IST
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
Police said Bisht hacked the password of the executive engineer of Capital Project, Division- 4 in Sector 9 to transfer money.
Police said Bisht hacked the password of the executive engineer of Capital Project, Division- 4 in Sector 9 to transfer money.(Representative image)

In the case of siphoning off Rs 4 crore from the treasury department of Chandigarh administration, the police are trying to figure out whether or not the kingpin, Prem Singh Bisht, used Burail jail computer to execute his plan. Bisht, a convict in a kidnapping case, had been assigned the job of a computer operator in jail. The economic offences wing (EOW) have arrested six people in this regard.

Police said Bisht hacked the password of the executive engineer of Capital Project, Division- 4 in Sector 9 to transfer money.

Police would go to jail and scan computers he worked on there to get clues. Police said Bisht was released in January 2016 and within months, he floated fake companies and got them registered with treasury department. Police said it was learnt that Bisht used to write parole letters of the convicts in jail as part of his mushaqatt (mandatory work assigned in jails to convicts) and used to communicate with the home department of UT administration.

Kingpin’s brother arrested

DSP(EOW) Pawan Kumar said during investigation, it was learnt that the kingpin Prem Singh Bisht’s brother Partap Singh was serving in the UT administration. Police suspect that it was Partap who passed on the login, password and stamps of EECP-4 to Bisht, who then prepared forged pay orders in the name of their two fake firms— Century Engineer and Creative Engineer,

As per the police, Bisht had promised to shared with his accomplices Rs 1 crore among the accomplices, who helped him in different manners. They opened bank accounts on fake names and helped him in executing the plan.

Recoveries made

The DSP said they had recovered Rs 9.5 lakh, a car, a cheque for Rs 32 lakh, fake stamps, fake ITRs, six mobile phones, ATM cards, bank passbooks and chequebooks from the accused, who have been sent to two-day police remand by a local court.

The police had arrested Bisht (28), who is a post-graduate in economics; Ram Darbar residents Santosh (19) and Mustafa (30), a taxi driver; Ajay Kumar (24) of SAS Nagar and Sandeep alias Joseph (24) of Lalru, who is pursuing his graduation.