Police have arrested six youth,who allegedly posed as agents of Swiss bank and extorted money from hoteliers on the pretext to open accounts for them in the international bank. The police officials,who made the arrests on Monday night,claimed to have broken the inter-state racket of fraudsters involved in duping hoteliers not only in Ambala,but also in Chandigarh and Himachal.
Identifying the accused as Shivam,Yash,Nitin,Rakesh Kumar,Satish Malhotra and Mukesh alias Aditya alias Sahil,the police said that all the six people were from the neighboring state of Himachal Pradesh,and were arrested from Sector 21. The kingpin of the gang was from Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh,while the rest hailed from Solan and Shimla,police said.
Panchkula-Ambala range Commissioner Rajbir Deswal said the gang was involved in fleecing hoteliers. The hotelier on whose information we carried out the raid had almost fallen into one of their traps. One of his acquaintances knew these fraudsters and we were alerted. We acted swiftly, he said.
According to the police,six people who had stayed at the Indian Palace Hotel,Sector 21,had tried to con the owner promising him help to open the account in the Swiss bank. Chatar Singh,Incharge of Crime and Investigation Agency (CIA),said,The hotelier was promised that his money would be doubled and they could get an account for Rs 1,000 crore opened for him in the bank,and he would have to give half the money to them.
The hotelier had almost fallen into their trap and was willing to give them some money to open an account in the bank,when one of his acquaintances and he informed the police about the conmen.
Chatar Singh said that the accused had planned the entire fraud meticulously,and in order to avoid suspicion,they had even paid the hotelier for the day-long stay at the hotel.
Police officials said that the accused were also carrying a laptop,in which they had loaded photographs of some people whom they were passing off as account holders of the Swiss bank. During interrogation,police said,that their involvement was ascertained in other similar cases. The had duped hoteliers in Ambala,Chandigarh and even Shimla. Police officials said that the owner of Kingfisher Hotel in Ambala was duped of Rs 5 lakh,while the owner of Rahat Hotel,Shimla,was duped of Rs 2.7 lakh. During investigation we also found that the owner of Chandigarh hotel was also duped of money, said an official.