Raipur: Police have arrested the gang of thugs involved in the Rs 63 lakh cheating case. The gang had targeted an elderly person in the Abhanpur police station area of Raipur. They were arrested from Jamtara in Jharkhand and identified as Phulchand Das and brother Dulal Das. Their accomplice Ashok Das was also nabbed while Ashok’s brother Saurabh was absconding. Impersonating themselves as bank employees, these accused targeted more than a dozen people. Recently, they managed to withdraw Rs 63 lakh from the account of a retired employee of the Electricity Board in Raipur.
After the elderly person Ashok Sahu complained to the police about the fraud and gave the details of the conversation with the accused, the police started an investigation and found a Jharkhand connection.
A team of police was sent to Jharkhand and gathered information about Phulchand Das on the basis of the details provided by the complainant. Without any delay, police arrested Phulchand and seized more than 10 bank accounts. Police also seized cash of Rs 30000 and five mobile handsets from him.
According to SSP Tarkeshwar Patel, Kishore, son of Ashok Sahu, died of Corona and Kishore had an account in the State Bank of India Abhanpur Branch. The accused called Ashok Sahu on June 17 introducing themselves as a bank manager and asked him about the update of his son’s account. Ashok Sahu shared his account details. After it, the accused used to call Ashok Sahu every day and ask for OTP. In this way, they drained out Rs 63 lakh from the account. In the meantime, Ashok Sahu got ill due to Corona and could not pay attention to the account details. After getting cured, he went to the bank for the update of the passbook and got chocked to seen Rs 63 lakh missing from the account. He rushed to Abhanpur police station and lodged a complaint.
The accused had opened several fake accounts for transactions. The people whose name was mentioned in the account were unaware of their account. Further investigation was going on.