Gang deactivates phone, steals Rs 9 lakh from bank account

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Jharsuguda: Sumit Agarwal, a Businessman of Brajrajnagar, lost 9 Lakh in span of three days, the money siphoned out his bank account by a cyber gang while his phone lay deactivated.

As per the Police Sources, Sumit Agarwal, resident of Brajrajnagar usually transferred money to their customers using Net Banking of UCO Bank. On 9th April 2015, he had gone to Mumbai for some personal work and realized that his phone has got deactivated all of a sudden. He thought that as he was in roaming due to which the SIM might have been blocked. He returned back to Brajrajnagar on 14th April, but due to Bank Holiday on occasion of Dr. Amedkar Jayanti, the bank was closed and When he went to the bank on next day ( 15th April, he was astonished to learn that around 9 Lakh money has been siphoned from his bank account to seven different accounts present at four different places North 24 Parganas (West Bengal), Imphal (Manipur), Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) and New Delhi within three days (13th – 15th April). Learning this he immediately filed an FIR at Brajrajnagar Police Station on 15th April. Acting on the FIR, Brajrajnagar Police had started its investigation and directed to block the BSNL SIM of Sumit Agarwal which was registered on his father name Govind Agarwal.

During investigation, Police learned that the highest amount of Rs. 4.50 Lakhs was transferred to an account belonging to Laltu Karmakar (27), resident of North 24 Parganas (West Bengal). Karmakar was arrested from Madhyamgram of North 24 Parganas (West Bengal) on 20th April 2015 and seized around 2.86 Lakhs from his Bank Account. He was being arrested and forwarded to court on 21st April.

Another Culprit of this Cyber Gang, Ashok Rai, a resident of Chappra Bihar was caught from Jaleswar of Balasore District on 21st April as he had forged the Driving License of Summit Agarwal to get a Duplicate SIM activated in his Phone for using One Time Password of the Bank. He was working at North 24 Parganas (West Bengal) in Jute Mill as worker and visited Jaleswar for some work.

Brajrajnagar Police Station IIC Akash Sahu said that “Investigation is still on to nab the culprits involved in this Cyber Gang. It seems a involvement of bigger gang. However, Ashok Rai, who had forged the Driving License document of Sumit Agarwal to get a SIM, has been forwarded to court on Thursday under IPC 420, 468, 120 B for Cheating, Forgery, Criminal Conspiracy with Sec (66) C & D of IT Act.”

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