The Crime Intelligence Unit (Operations) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested two employees of a telecommunication firm for allegedly being privy to a case of fraud,wherein fake customer applications were submitted to secure Internet data cards. The police also seized 439 bogus customer application forms.
Crime Branch officers said the names and photographs of applicants were forged in the seized applications. The arrested are Mantresh Thakur,29,an area sales manager,and Gopal Tripathi,37,a senior sales manager. We were informed about data cards were being provided to persons who did not want to reveal their identities. The cards were being provided at discounted rates and the mandatory submission of documents was avoided, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.
We investigated the case and saw that there were many such cases. We also went to the Navi Mumbai-based dealer whose stamp was used in the applications. The dealer told us that he did not know about the case and that his stamp could have been misused. He said that based on the application,only one data card was provided to the customer and he did not know about the others. Further investigations revealed that the two accused were privy to the fraud, Roy said.
The arrested have told the police that they received incentives for the number of new customers they got to the firm and local vendors had helped them. We arrested them and a case has been registered at the Azad Maidan police station for cheating and forgery. Roy said more arrests were likely. Just two persons committing a crime like this is not possible. If we find proof of involvement of the others,we will nab them as well. We will also seize the data cards procured with the 439 bogus documents as they now become part of evidence.
There have been instances in the past when anti-national elements,including members of the Indian Mujahideen,used such data cards to send emails. Tracking these emails then becomes difficult. If we find proof that any of these data cards were sold to people who carry out anti-national activities,strict action will be taken, Roy said.