The Chandigarh Police,on Wednesday,arrested three persons,including a Nigerian national,on charges of allegedly duping an Ambala resident,of Rs 22 lakh,by giving him fake assurances of sending him abroad.
The three arrested include Rajinder Bhaskar Salve,Swami Bharat Gupta,and Paul Osemwengie (Nigerian). All three were produced in a local court and were remanded to police custody till June 20.
With the arrests,the Economic Offenses Wing of the Chandigarh police claims to have busted an international gang that has duped dozens of would-be emigrants.
The complainant,Devinder Pritpal Singh told the police that he met Thomas,a co accused,at a hotel in Sector 22,who claimed to be the secretary of the Ambassador of France to Indonesia.
Thomas allegedly told Devinder that he could arrange a visa for him and helped him facilitate a meeting with a man called Duke. Duke promised him a US visa and demanded Rs 22 lakh for the job. Singh deposited Rs 11.44 lakh in different bank accounts and paid Rs 10.50 lakh in cash to Duke and his associates.
Sub Inspector Onkar Singh,investigating officer of the case,said Duke promised to send four people abroad. We have not recovered the passports yet. Duke was the kingpin of this scam.
The FIR was registered after a private complaint was filed before a local court.
In the course of investigation police found that the accused Rajinder Bhaskar Salve has two aliases Vijay Mohan Sharma and Vijay Mahesh Sharma.
The accused was arrested on June 8 from Mira road,Mumbai. An amount of
Rs 1,95,000 was deposited in his bank account,in 2008 under the name Vijay Mahesh Sharma and Rs 77,000 in 2009 in an ICICI account under the name Vijay Mohan Sharma in 2009.
At the time of his arrest,10 ATM cards,eight blank cheques of different accounts and banks,and pay-in slips were recovered. There was one case registered against Salve and we are yet to find further details about it said Onkar Singh
Rajinder Bhaskar Salve assisted police to arrest the other two accused Swami Bahrat Gupta and Paul Osemwengie. Swami also had two fake names: Ravi Kishore Jaiswal and Swami P Gupta. He was also arrested from Mumbai.
While arresting Paul Osemwengie police recovered as many as 17 ATM cards of State bank and ICICI Bank. We have found one case registered against Paul in Chennai on charges of fraud added Onkar Singh.
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