Nepalese, Nigerian held in airline ticket racket
Police have arrested two men, part of an international gang of cheats that duped several airlines by booking tickets online with credit card data of other people, HT reports.Updated: May 21, 2008, 00:50 IST
Police have arrested two Nepalese and a Nigerian, part of an international gang of cheats that duped several airlines by booking tickets online with credit card data of other people.
The gang booked tickets on the Internet with credit card data of other people and caused huge losses to domestic and international airlines.
The accused were identified as Kailash Shrestha, 32, Kedar Nath Nepal, 28, and Mikhail Akolade, 32. The Crime Branch was on their trail following a complaint from an airline.
Police said they had seized data of over 250 tickets and 500 credit cards, besides laptops and mobile phones.
Police arrested the accused after they zeroed in on some mobile numbers and e-mail addresses. Police said a Nepalese was booking the e-tickets through his mobile as well as through Internet from cyber cafes. Kedar was arrested on May 12 from Pusa Road and two mobile phones were seized from him.
“Kedar’s interrogation revealed that one Kailash Shrestha, who also hails from Nepal, and Akolade of Nigeria were also involved in the racket,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (crime).
Later at the instance of Kedar, police carried out raids and arrested Kailash Shrestha from Malviya Nagar on May 12. Akolade was arrested on May 18 from Tilak Nagar. The accused told police they used to get the credit card details from countries like Thailand and Singapore.