Saturday, October 15, 2016

LIC agent, teacher duped of Rs 2.46 crore in Ahmedabad

A retired bank manager and two others have been booked by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch for cheating a female LIC agent and a teacher of Rs 2.46 crore. The trio had allegedly convinced in Sejal Mathia, 38, and her relative Chitra to temporarily help people seeking overseas visa with finances in return for a commission. According to the police, about a year ago, the trio failed to return the money women had given and made several excuses. Finally, tired of their excuses, the women filed an application with the crime branch. After investigation, the police have arrested two accused while the third one has gone underground.

Gurang Shah, retired manager of Bank of India in Gurukul and resident of Kaladeep Apartment in Satellite and Bharat Gajjar from Idar have been arrested, while Bhavesh Patel is wanted, the police said.

According to the police, the trio approached former LIC agent Sejal, a resident of Shivali Apartment in Law Garden and Chitra, both of who had accounts in Bank of India's Gurukul branch, regarding the "business opportunity". "Shah, who was the bank manager in 2010, asked the women to lend money temporarily to visa seekers for a commission. The women agreed and the transactions were smooth between 2010 and 2015. The accused would open an account and put the money in the finance seeker's name for a fixed period and then return the amount to the women. They would also get a commission for the money lent. But in 2015, the accused failed to return the money. The manager and two others, who are visa agents, made excuses and promised to return the money soon. But when they did not get the money, the women filed an application," the police said.

PSI AY Baloch said, "Our investigation proved that the accused had indeed taken money from Sejal and Chitra. Also, Bharat Gajjar was in possession of two pan cards which he used to get loan from the bank. So, we have arrested Shah and Gajjar. Bhavesh is wanted."

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