Pune cyber cell arrests four members of online gang for duping over 24,000 people

Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShalaka Shinde
Jun 10, 2017 04:53 PM IST

The suspects lured people to invest in their company through a website under the pretext of unreal returns with an interest to the tune of 150% per month. 

Pune A complaint by a resident of Nigdi led to the arrest of a Mumbai-based gang whose members had duped people through two fraud websites, according to a statement by the cyber cell of Pune police. The police suspect that the gang may have duped over 24,000 people across the country.

The four have been booked under Section 66(D) of Information Technology Act for duping people through multi-level marketing.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The four have been booked under Section 66(D) of Information Technology Act for duping people through multi-level marketing.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

One of the websites was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative, ‘www.makeinindia.rocks’, according to the police. The suspects lured people to invest in their company under the pretext of unreal returns with an interest to the tune of 150% per month. 

The gang members were identified as Roopesh Arvind Katkar (37), Sandeep Shamrao Lokhande (44), Parshuram Vishram Tambe (48), and Bhawani Surendrakumar Joshi (40). While Joshi is a resident of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the others are residents of Vikroli, Mumbai. Joshi was the software developer who provided technical support to the three Mumbai-based suspects, according to the police statement. Katkar provided various account numbers of people near him to the investors and later withdrew the money himself.

The four have been booked under Section 66(D) of Information Technology Act for duping people through multi-level marketing. They were sent to six days in police custody. 

The complainant had 'invested' over Rs 6,71,600 through various bank accounts. On Janaury 8, the website he was paying on was shut down after which he approached the cyber crime cell.

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