Man dons detective hat to trace missing money

Anil Bansal has plenty to do on his priority list. Playing Sherlock Holmes is not what he wants or has the time for. However,he had to do just that,play the role of a private investigator,when a Delhi-based hacker carried out transactions worth Rs 68,000 from his wife’s ICICI bank account in two instalments on June 21 and 22.

Written by Anupam Chakravartty | Ahmedabad | Published: July 4, 2009 12:18 am

Anil Bansal has plenty to do on his priority list. Playing Sherlock Holmes is not what he wants or has the time for. However,he had to do just that,play the role of a private investigator,when a Delhi-based hacker carried out transactions worth Rs 68,000 from his wife’s ICICI bank account in two instalments on June 21 and 22.

Bansal approached the police officials at the J P Road Police Station with his application and bank mini statement,who told him that they would look into the issue but the entire process would take some time as they were busy with the Jagannath Rath Yatra on June 24.

“I decided to wait,however,I felt that buying time would only spoil my chances of getting the money back. I went to the bank where they told me that the internet transactions are carried out by facilitators. I found out that there were two facilitators in the June 21 and 22 transactions,” added Bansal.

The two facilitating agencies,Indiaideas.com and CC Avenues,on being told by Bansal that the police had been informed,provided him with the details of the Delhi-based hacker who had decamped with his wife’s entire salary,when she had sought pregnancy leave from her institute in Anand.

“We hardly use this account for Internet transactions. The last time we carried out Internet transactions from this account was when we booked rail tickets with the help of the Internet I-pin provided by the bank. I was shocked to discover that the money had been used for mobile recharging. Altogether there were 14 transactions worth Rs 12,014 ranging from Rs 501 to Rs 1,001.

After investigating the transactions made by the accused,Ganesh Aggarwal,a resident of Kirti Nagar in Delhi,Bansal approached the Detection of Crime Branch Police Inspector J R Ramgadhiya. “The official was very helpful. However,this investigation should have been done by the police officials,” he said.

Ramgadhiya has,meanwhile,written to the director of an airticketing website,through which the accused had booked the tickets worth Rs 12,354.

Ramgadhiya said the Vadodara DCB was gathering all details about the accused. “The matter has been referred to the J P Road Police Station. In such cases,the investigations have to be done at the ACP level,” the officer added.

Incidentally,the accused also booked a hotel in Bangalore fraudelently.

Bansal,who is yet to get his money back,is now waiting for the police to begin their investigations and lodge an FIR.

“I have provided the police with all the details. The bank and the facilitators can do nothing now. They have provided me with all the details. It is up to the police to take action now,” said Bansal.

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