IRS scam: No details, police unable to issue lookout notice for mastermind

Police list lack of personal information about Sagar Thakkar as reason.

Written by Rohit Alok , Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Published:October 12, 2016 2:19 am
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Unable to find personal details of the alleged mastermind of the Mira Road call centre scam, the Thane Police probing the IRS scam have not yet succeeded in issuing a lookout notice for Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, police said. Investigators said a preliminary profile of Ahmedabad-based Thakkar reveals that he frequently travels out of India. The investigation has also revealed that Thakkar possesses a UK-registered cellphone number along with SIM cards from India, police said.”

“We have his pictures from his WhatsApp profile, the CCTV cameras at the raided call centres and even from Facebook but these aren’t enough to put out a lookout notice against him,” said an officer. Thakkar has been at large since the Thane Police raided eight call centres in Mira Road on October 5.

The officer added that a search for Thakkar’s passport details has yielded no results so far. “We are collecting more information about him and will forward it to the Special Branch who will further coordinate with the Foreigners Regional Registration office (FRRO). The organisation will put out a lookout notice at various airports. We would then be able to get more accurate information then on his movement,” said a senior police officer.

The Thane Police team that went to look for him at his Ahmedabad residence over the weekend found the 24-year-old and his family missing. The team found the Ahmedabad address to be a one-room-kitchen apartment where he lived till around four years ago before hitting the ‘big league’.

Meanwhile the Thane police are verifying information they received that Thakkar could be holed up in Dubai. A senior investigator added that they are on the lookout for a few more suspects, including Tapesh Gupta. “More lookout notices will be issued. A few more suspects are wanted as they have a larger role to play in the conspiracy,” the investigator added.