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Two Delhi men held in Mumbai for cheating banker by offering loan with low EMI

Accused allegedly cheated complainant of Rs1.10 lakh by promising to give loan through fake website

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2018 22:56 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The police said the case could be the tip of the iceberg, and the main accused may have cheated many other people.(HT FILE)

The cybercrime detection team of the Wadala TT police station has arrested two men from Delhi for allegedly cheating a bank employee by extracting money from her on the pretext of giving her a loan with low EMI.

The police said the two men have been identified as Amitabh Chowdhary alias Jitendra Singh, 30 and Nitish Kumar alias Mannu, 32. The alleged mastermind of the gang however, remains absconding. Police sub-inspector Ajay Birajdar, from the Wadala TT police station, said Sanjana Tirmal was looking for a loan on low monthly instalments. The police said 45-year-old Tirmal, who works at a local bank, was searching the Internet in October when she came across a finance company that was offering loan at the rate of six percent interest. Tirmal filled in her details and came in touch with Singh and Mannu, who over a period of 10 days asked her to deposit Rs1.10 lakh in two accounts of a different bank on the pretext of registration, processing, and Goods and Services Tax fee. When Tirmal realised she was being cheated, she approached the police and registered a complaint with the cybercrime department of the Wadala TT police station.

Birajdar said they registered a case of cheating and forgery against unidentified men and began investigating the case. The police said that after tracing the money transactions done by the complainant, they found that the money Tirmal deposited in the bank accounts specified by the accused used to get withdrawn within an hour of the payment being done. The police, however, found that the bank accounts had been opened using forged documents.

Police officials then laid a trap and asked the bank officials to call up one of the accused on the registered mobile number and ask him to visit the branch on pretext of a problem in the account. On Friday, Singh agreed to go the bank after many attempts by the bank employees. Police personnel who were present outside the bank arrested Singh as soon as he entered the premises. “Based on the questioning of Singh we arrested Mannu as well. However, the woman who has been operating the fake website is still absconding,” said Birajdar.

Wadala TT police officers said this was just the tip of the iceberg as the woman might be operating many such websites in order to loot people by offering them loan on low EMI.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 22:52 IST