THE STATE CID has arrested a man for allegedly cheating people of around Rs 100 crore by luring them to deposit money while assuring them a higher return. A CID team, along with the detective department of the Barasat police, arrested Debashis Das alias Dinu on Tuesday from Baguihati. This comes after Prithwish Dasgupta — another accused in the case — was arrested from Baguihati on October 18.
“A complaint was received by Habra police station on October 13, alleging that Dasgupta and his associate had cheated a few persons by assuring them better returns if they paid them money. Many from Habra, Barasat, Dum Dum and Sodepur were allegedly cheated,” said a police officer. Following this, a case was lodged under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC at Habra police station.
“On Tuesday, the CID and Barasat DD raided a house at Jangra in Baguihati and arrested Debashis Das alias Dinu,” said DIG CID (Operations) Nishat Parvez. Sources said the teams had gone to look for Sujit Sham — another accused in the case — and instead, found Das. He has been remanded to eight-day police custody. Dasgupta’s lawyer, Phiroze Edukiji, said: “It is alleged that Dasgupta took Rs 40,000 from one person and assured him that within one year, he will get Rs 60,000. Also, my client’s company is allegedly fake… but we have documents from ministry of corporate affairs showing that the company was registered in 2012.”