It's been two weeks since the biggest Gold Heist in India that took place Udaipur. The city is in news once again for being party to the biggest online fraud in India, a whopping Rs 10 Crore!
The Hydrabad police have busted an inter-state gang of cyber fruadsters and have seized Rs. 10 crores, which is said to the be country largest recovery in the online fraud so far. This gang includes two members who have been operating from Udaipur, one of them under the guise of an e-Mitra centre.
The police have arrested four accused for targeting innocent people in the name of online trading. Those arrested were identified as Abhishek Jain of Uttar Pradesh; Akash Rai of Meera Nagar, Udaipur; Pawan Kumar Prajapat of Bedla, Udaipur and Krishna Kumar of UP. Abhishek is said to be the kingpin of the gang.
Akash Rai runs an e-Mitra shop at Bhuwana area of Udaipur, while Pawan Kumar Prajapat lives at Bedla and works as a commision agent.
The neighbors of the accused Akash were stunned after they got to know about his involvement in the biggest online fraud of the country. They said that that they have often seen Akash with bundles of cash carried by him on his motorcycle.
According to the information Akash and his associate Pawan used to coax people into investing through an Android application. Upon getting the information about the duo in Udaipur, a police team from Hyderabad first reached Udaipur on 12 August and began their searhc operation. Akash and Pawan had fled from Udaipur. somehow managed to escaped the city. The team rushed to Jodhapur upon getting a tipoff that the two were hiding there and nabbed them from one of their hideouts.
Salim, one of Akash Rai's friends, said that Akash hails from Hubli in West Bengal. Rai and his family were staying at Udaipur since last 10 years but they never used to socialise with anyone in the society. Everyone in the locality know him as 'Bangali'. He initially started the work of money transfer and later started an e-Mitra center.
According to police officials, the kingpin Abhishek used to operate the gang from Uttar Pradesh while Akash and Pawan used to make people invest in the share market. Akash operated an e-Mitra center at Bhuwana in Udaipur and ran this operation from there. His associate Pawan, meanwhile used to provide him documents of the costumers on 10% commision. They jointly motivated customers to invest through 'Market Box Trading', a shady Android App. More than 3000 people were registered on the mobile application.
Roshan Lal, the Station House Officer of Sukher police station in Udaipur said that the team of Hyderabad crime branch had came to Udaipur in the month of August in search of Akash and Pawan and contacted them for help. They tried to trap the accused, but both of them managed to escape.
It is still not clear that how many people of Udaipur were targeted by the gang and how much amount was being transferred online by them. The accused were taken away by the Hyderabad police and an amount of more than Rs. 10 crores was seized from them so far.