BILASPUR: 5 folks have been arrested from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha in reference to a cyber fraud racket which has hyperlinks with Pakistan, Bilaspur police in Chhattisgarh mentioned on Monday.
Virat Singh (21), Rajesh Jaiswal (55), Sitaram Gauda (35), Shivam Thakur (20) and Sanju Chauhan (20) have been held over the previous 9 days after a person complained that he had been duped of Rs 65 lakh, mentioned Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal.
“We now have seized Rs 15 lakh money, three laptops, 13 cell phones, ATM playing cards and financial institution move books. Financial institution accounts with Rs 27 lakh in them have been blocked. The probe started after Sipat resident Janak Rama Patel (25) complained to Metropolis Kotwali police final month that he was duped of Rs 65 lakh by fraudsters claiming he had gained a lottery,” the SP mentioned.
Patel had acquired calls from Pakistani numbers and Whastapp messages stating he had gained Rs 25 lakh in a lottery and Rs 2 crore in a TV present contest, and he was requested to deposit Rs 65 lakh in 12 financial institution accounts, he mentioned.
“A probe group discovered the calls originated from Pakistan. We first arrested Virat Singh from Rewa into whose account Rs 50 lakh was transferred by Patel. Singh has confessed he works for Pakistan-based Chhota Mamu alias Afsar, Bada Mamu alias Asgar and Saleem who runs a global cyber fraud racket,” he mentioned.
Based mostly on Singh’s questioning, Thakur and Chauhan have been arrested from Dewas (MP), Jaiswal from Mumbai and Gauda from Ganjam in Odisha, the SP mentioned.
“Jaiswal was concerned in changing Indian rupees into bitcoins and additional transferring it to their operators. Singh had transferred the utmost quantity of the cash duped from Patel to Rajesh and Sitaram, who run a digital fee resolution,” he mentioned.
Some others from West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and many others with doable connection to the racket might have duped folks from different nations and there are extra arrests doubtless, the official mentioned.