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THE INDORE police achieved twin success when they caught Axay Khemani, who was using stolen credit cards to make air trips, and three scamsters who stole 14 credit/debit and ATM cards, today.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 20:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

THE INDORE police achieved twin success when they caught Axay Khemani, who was using stolen credit cards to make air trips, and three scamsters who stole 14 credit/debit and ATM cards, today.

According to Tukoganj police, Air India regional sales manager D V Gadgil had lodged a complaint that Axay Kumar Khemani had made unauthorised use of the SBI credit card belonging to ONGC chief engineer (production), Assam, M A Thomas. He purchased tickets from the airline for flight MKB-133 from Indore to Delhi. Thomas registered a complaint at the airlines helpdesk alleging that tickets had been booked thrice before using his credit card.

Investigations revealed that Khemani was a commission agent for supply of lingset oil, manufactured in Indore and supplied to the oilfields of ONGC in Assam. A B Com from Calcutta, he originally belongs to Shiv Sagar district in Assam, where his father works as a civil contractor. Using his connections, he swiped the credit cards of ONGC officials and used them to purchase airline tickets.

ONGC manager A Som Sundaram alleged that he had told his ICICI credit card number over phone to the accused for booking a ticket with Air India, which he used to book a ticket for himself via Internet. Thomas alleged that the accused had asked to see his credit card as he wanted to get one made and on this pretext had fed the number in his mobile phone later using it for making airline ticket purchases.

He said during interrogation that he had used the SBI card belonging to M S Cheddi whom he had met at the Delhi airport and of Nilesh Holani, who works in Bangalore, whom he met during a business deal. HDFC card of P R Khare, whom he met in the AC-II tier compartment of a train from Patna to Mumbai, was also used for the same purpose.

Khemani confessed to have travelled on Jet Airways and Indian Airlines flight via this mode from November 2005 seven times, between Calcutta and Jorhat (Assam) and back, Mumbai to Calcutta and back from Indore to Delhi thrice, twice from Lucknow to Delhi, Dibrugarh to Calcutta and Guwahati to Delhi, once from Delhi to Calcutta and Jaipur to Lucknow. His 35 forays have cost the victims Rs 8 lakh. The Tukoganj police have registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC and Sections 66 and 70 of the IT Act.

Meanwhile, according to MIG police, Dileep Patwa of 101 Krishna Apartment, Jaora Compound, had registered a compliant regarding credit card theft with which Rs 27,000 worth of goods had been purchased. CSP Jitendra Singh investigated the case and rounded up Dinesh Solanki, Manish Jagga and Pawan Shinde as the prime suspects.

Interrogation revealed that Jagga, who is a Higher Secondary pass-out, ran the gang while working in the DST Standard Chartered Bank making credit cards. He, therefore, had a list of cardholders and relevant information. His associates Solanki, who is a B Com graduate working with City Bank (Palasia) and Shinde, who is Higher Secondary pass working in DSA (New Palasia) used to entice customers on this list in the name of making HSBC credit cards.

They used to obtain cash from petrol pumps by paying five per cent commission to pump owners from the cards obtained from those they duped. They obtained photo, ID and other proof of Abdul Latif of Ganesh Marg, Depalpur, in the name of securing a loan for him. They used this ID for purchasing a SIM and used to call from that mobile.

The accused have thus far withdrawn amount to the tune of lakhs, which they used to squander on themselves, recently they had gone on a leisure trip to Mumbai using this money. The police have recovered 14 credit cards and Rs 7,000 in cash from their possession.

The stolen credit cards belong to Dileep Patwa of Jaora Compound, Vipin Patwa of Sadar Bazaar, Harish Motwani of Pricanco Colony, Akhilesh Shrivastav of Vijay nagar, Manmohan Singh Bhatia of Khatiwala Tank, Rajesh Porwal of Nandlalpura, Ashok Jain of Pardeshipura, Satishchandra Sharma of Clerk Colony, Mamta Dubey of Manikbagh Road, Narendra Rathore of Chhatribagh and Vijay Agarwal of Lalaram Nagar.

Usha Vich of MIG lost three cards to these fraudsters. The police have registered a case under Section 420, 406 and 43 of the IPC.

First Published: May 29, 2006 20:05 IST