The DB Marg police station arrested two men on Monday wanted for cheating several dozen customers in banks across Maharashtra and Gujarat. They were nabbed near a branch of the State Bank of India at Opera House, when they fled at the sight of a police patrol vehicle.
The accused, identified as Mantri Chauhan alias Tuntun (26), a resident of Wadala, and Arunkumar Sharma (23), of Nallasopara, were allegedly preparing to dupe customers in queues outside the bank’s ATM.
According to the police, the men were wanted at DB Marg police station after they cheated a 25-year-old man, who had visited the bank to deposit his employer’s money, last year.
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The police said the accused had stood waiting in the same queue as the victim, holding a bundle of currency notes.
“Seeing that the line was long, Chauhan asked the victim to hold the bundle for a few minutes while he looked for shorter line. When he returned, Sharma came up to him and said that all the queues were very long and it would take a long time to reach the counter,” said Inspector Rajendra Patil of the DB Marg police station.
He added that the accused requested the victim to lend them Rs 30,000 and promised to pay him back as soon as they reached the counter.
“After taking the money from the complainant, the accused slowly slipped out of the bank,” Patil said.
After several minutes, when the accused did not return, the complainant opened the bundle and found it filled with blank paper, the police said.
According to the police, the accused have cheated customers at public banks in Chembur, Govandi, Charni Road, Pydhonie, CST, Worli, Bandra, Dadar, Sion, Goregaon, Malad, Kandivali, Borivali, Versova, Amboli, Mira Road, Palghar, Navghar, Palghar, Vasai and Waliv, apart from Kolhapur, Ahmedabad and Baroda cities.
“They would visit the banks either on Mondays and ATMs on bank holidays when there would be the most rush,” Patil said.