The Pune police have arrested a gang of three persons for allegedly withdrawing money from the HSBC bank account of one Sanjay Roy by forging his signature on two cheques. The suspects were identified as Nilesh Vitthal Walke (24) of Chandan Nagar,Ashish Popat Kamble (26) of Yerwada and Sunil Brahmadev Kasabe (22) of Vitthalwadi. Ganesh Suresh Dhumne (26),assistant manager at Bund Garden road branch of HSBC bank has lodged a police complaint in this case. After primary investigations,the investigation officer police sub inspector P A Ghorpade of Bundgarden police station said,”Walke works as a house keeper. He stole the cheques when Roy stayed at the guesthouse of a company in Hadapsar a few days ago. The suspects then forged signatures of Roy on the cheques that looked as good as original and made a plan for withdrawing money from the bank.”
On January 30,the suspects withdrew Rs 15,900 from the bank. However,Roy came to know about the transaction through the SMS alerts send by the bank. Roy then immediately informed the Customer Care Centre of the bank. He also requested for stopping the payment from his account,” Ghorpade said. “On February 10,when the suspects Kamble and Kasabe came to the bank with another cheque of Rs 31,900,having fake signature of Roy,the bank officials alerted the police. A police team laid a trap and nabbed the suspects. They revealed Walke’s name during interrogation. Walke was arrested soon.,” Ghorpade said. “We were not able to contact Roy,as he had gone to USA for some work. Investigations are on to know if more people are associated with Walke. The Shivajinagar court has remanded the suspects to police custody till February 14,” he added.