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Manipur police arrest kingpin of cheque fraud from Maharastra

IMPHAL | Nov 20

Imphal West police has arrested the kingpin involved in the fraudulent withdrawal of cash from various banks amounting to more than Rs 1 crore, from Pune, Maharashtra.

Superintendent of police, Imphal West, Jogeshchandra stated this during a press conference held today at his office conference hall located at police headquarter, Imphal.

He said recently on October 31, finance officer of Manipur University (MU) has reported to Singjamei Police station stating that some unknown persons or firm with the name of “Patel Real Estate” have fraudulently withdrawn cheques amounting to 94 lakhs from the Bank of Baroda, Canchipur, MU.

A case was registered vide FIR No. 240(10) 2018 US 420468471120-B IPC at Singjamei Police Station.     

He further stated that another complaint was also lodged by one N. Tilotama of Sagolband Tera Loukrakpam Leikai at Lamphel Police Station stating that some unknown persons who go by the name of Sandeep Patel have fraudulently withdrawn cheques amounting to 33.3 lakhs from the Bank of Baroda, Changangei Branch, Imphal.

Regarding the incident, a case was registered at Lamphel police station vide FIR No. 204(11) 2018 US 420468471120-B IPC.

After investigations, it was established that the said Patel Real estate is owned by one Sandeep Patel having Ac No. 110605017251 at Punjab National Bank Baramati, Bhigwan Road, Pune, Maharashtra. Subsequently, a written message was sent to the SP, Pune Rural, Maharashtra to arrest the accused person namely Sandeep Patel on November 11.

Under the instruction of SP, Imphal West, a team lead by additional SP (LO) I/W, S. Hemanta comprising of two sub-inspectors namely L. Premchand and A. Amitabh were dispatched to Pune.

Additional SP, Hemanta stated that the accused namely Sandeep Patel son of Lalbrat Patel of Uttar Pradesh, at present residing at Room number 4, Plot No. 95, Navjyot Mahila Society, Baramati, Pune district, Maharashtra was arrested on November 17 from Baramati, Pune, Maharashtra by the Manipur Police team with the assistance of police team of the Baramati City Police station, Pune Rural district, Maharashtra. A house search was also conducted at the rented room cum office of Sandeep Patel and some articles were seized on his production by observing formalities, he added.

The arrested person is a member of an organised gang with members from all parts of India. More than 12 accounts were opened in his name at different banks located at Baramati, he added.

Hemanta further stated that raids were also conducted at Mumbai, Thane and Baramati with the assistance of local Police in order to arrest his associates. At Mumbai, a trap was laid at Dadar Railway station to arrest one of the accused but he did not turn up.

At Thane too, surveillance was kept at the entrance of Global City, Virar Thane for the arrest of one more accused person who was involved in dropping cheque at Imphal and other states of the northeast, said Hemanta. As he did not turn up, a raid was conducted at his flat after two days but he already had fled to his village near Allahabad in UP. He was already arrested in such cases and was in jail for about two years in Madhya Pradesh and right now he is on bail, he added.

Hemanta also stated that inspector general Zone I, Clay Khongsai provided all the logistic support by communicating with his counterparts in whole of Maharashtra.

The accused has been brought to Manipur and remanded to police custody by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Imphal West for a period of four days till November 23.

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