New Delhi:Crime Branch has busted a gang of bank cheats operating in Delhi NCR with the arrest of 4 notorious cheats namely (1) Amit Chauhan @ Vicky s/o Jagdeep Raj Singh r/o South Anarkali, Jagatpuri, Delhi. (2) Vinny Taneja @ Karan Taneja s/o Jogender Taneja r/o Vasant Nagar Bagh Kare Khan, Kishan Ganj Delhi. (3) Sunil Grover s/o Narender Grover r/o Vasant Nagar, Kishan Ganj Delhi and (4) Rohit s/o Sant Ram r/o Vill. Ghondli, Krishan Nagar, Delhi.They have withdrawn money from various dormant bank accounts by committing forgery.
Information was received by Eastern Range of Crime Branch about a gang of cheats operating in Delhi NCR. A team led by ACP Sukhwinder Singh and consisting of Insprs. Vivek Tyagi and Vinay Tyagi, SIs Dinesh, Raj Kumar, HCs Nareshpal, Upender Singh, Sanjeev, Raj Kumar, Devender, Chander, Devender, Digvijay, Sudhir, Amit Kumar, Saleem, Cts Babu Ram, Mohd. Javed, Shayamlal and Shashi Kant was constituted under overall supervision of DCP D.K. Gupta to bust the gang.
After deployment of local sources and further analysis of information collected during this period, a trap was laid near flyover, Noida-Akshardham Road, Mayur Vihar, and four persons were overpowered by the police party at the instance of the informer who were later identified as (1) Amit Chauhan @ Vicky s/o Jagdeep Raj Singh r/o H.No B-1, Gali No.8, South Anarkali, Jagatpuri,
Delhi. (2) Vinny Taneja @ Karan Taneja s/o Jogender Taneja r/o H.No.100/48, Vasant Nagar, Bagh Kare Khan, Kishan Ganj, Delhi. (3) Sunil Grover s/o Narender Grover r/o 18/36, Vasant Nagar, Kishan Ganj, Delhi and (4) Rohit s/o Sant Ram r/o 81, Vill. Ghondli, Krishan Nagar, Delhi.
On sustained interrogation, they disclosed their involvement in a number of cases of cheating in Faridabad, Noida etc. particularly those related to bank accounts. They had been arrested in various cheating cases in past. Two of them namely Sunil Grover and Karan Taneja are wanted by the EOW, Delhi Police.
They had adopted a unique modus operandi to defraud the banks and customers. They would get issued cheque books with mobile banking and subsequently withdraw amounts on the basis of forged signatures and documents, posing as genuine account holders or through ATMs. They would obtain details of those customers who have handsome amount lying in their bank accounts for a long time and who had not operated the same for quite some time and whose registered mobile numbers are not in service. They would prepare forged IDs and other documents in the name of the registered subscriber and, after obtaining a new SIM of the same number, request for a fresh cheque book through mobile banking. Ready and armed with these fake documents, one of the accused persons would wait outside the house of the actual customer to collect the cheque book from the courier service boy. After procuring the same, they would present the cheque with a request to transfer the amount in the account of their choice purposely selected for the offence.
Through this modus operandi, they have committed a large number of cheatings. To begin with, they in league with one Afzal and Gaurav committed cheating and fraudulently transferred a sum of Rs.5,50,000/- from the account of M/s Nikku Ram Vazir Chand, a fruit stockist, in the area of Azadpur Mandi. They also disclosed that they had committed cheating of Rs. 2,50,000/- in the area of Lahori Gate and of Rs.10,00,000/- in Faridabad. They also disclosed that their associate Afzal would provide them details of accounts/account holders and they would get the same mobile number reissued on the basis of fake ID of the account holders or would change the mobile numbers of account holders in the bank by posing as account holder. In support of their claim, they would submit false documents.
In one such incident in 2010, they unauthorizedly withdrew a sum of Rs. 2,95,000/- through a self cheque. The accused appeared in ICICI bank posing as the account holder and not only presented a false driving licence with matching photograph on it but also confirmed/authenticated the personal details associated with the bank account. Later on, they were arrested in this case and are facing trial.
On enquiries, it has been further revealed that accused Sunil Grover has been declared proclaimed offender (PO) in case FIR No.8/10, PS Lodhi Colony, Delhi. Besides, Non Bailable Warrants (NBWs) of arrest have been issued against Sunil Grover and Karan Taneja in case FIR No.119/13 of PS Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Delhi. In one another incident, they fraudulently siphoned an amount of Rs.22 lac from HDFC bank through similar modus operandi, posing as director of the account holder company. Some forged documents have been recovered from them which were to be used to cheat another target in Noida who was having a sum of Rs.8 lac in his account.
Besides, they have disclosed to have siphoned off around Rs.15 lac in three different incidents. They would get tip off from Afzal and Bohra who used to work in banks and one Abhay was instrumental in preparing forged documents. They have disclosed their involvements in other cases and efforts are on to link the same.
One Motorcycle Black Karizma,One Honda Activa,Various forged IDs (Adhar Card / Voter I Card) has been recovered from them.
Accused Amit Chauhan s/o Jagdeep Raj Chauhan r/o H.No B-1, Gali No. 8, South Anarkali, Jagatpuri, Delhi, was born in 1989. He has studied up to 10th class. Initially, he worked as recovery agent with City Financial Bank, Delhi. Later, he came in to contact of some bad elements and started indulging in crimes particularly related to banks. Soon these petty offenders turned into an organized gang of cheats. Earlier, his co-accused Deepak Malik would provide him customers’ photos and relevant data required for the cheating while another associate Ashish Tiwari would sign the documents. Sunil Grover and Amit Chauhan had a common contact namely Raman Preet who would also arrange fake IDs of different customers. He would pay Rs.1000/-per ID to co-accused Raman Preet. Later on, he started doing/arranging things through different persons namely Afzal, Bohra and Abhay etc. He acquired skills to imitate signatures and used to sign cheques with adroitness. In one such incident, he forged signatures on a cheque and withdrew Rs 2.95 lac with ease from ICICI Bank, NBBC Plaza, Lodhi Road.
Accused Vinny Taneja @ Karan Taneja s/o Jogender Taneja r/o H.No.100/48, Vasant Nagar, Bagh Kare Khan, Kishan Ganj, Delhi, a class 10th class drop out. After dropping his study, he started labour job and during this, he came into contact of some bad elements and started committing crime. In his first offence, he fraudulently encashed post-dated cheques issued by one victim to get a loan from HDFC bank. He asked the victim to sign three blank cheques (in the name of loan from HDFC bank) and subsequently withdrew the amount of Rs.1,07,000/-through self-cheque. He was arrested in case FIR No.158/08 u/s 420/468/471/120-B IPC, PS Shalimar Bagh, Delhi. Later on, he indulged in other cases with his other associates in much organized manner and was arrested in case FIR No.8/10 PS Lodhi Colony, Delhi.
Accused Sunil Grover s/o Narender Grover r/o 18/36, Vasant Nagar, Kishan Ganj, Delhi was born in the year of 1986. He has studied up to 10th class. After dropping his studies,he started petty jobs and during this period, he came into contact of bad elements and started committing crime. He indulged in such cases with his other associates in much organized manner and was arrested in case FIR No.8/10 PS Lodhi Colony, Delhi.
Accused Rohit s/o Sant Ram r/o 81, Vill. Ghondli, Krishan Nagar, Delhi is a class 7th drop out. He started to earn his livelihood by doing petty labour jobs but later, he came in contact of bad elements and started committing crime. He came into the contact of Amit Chauhan and started working for him. He would collect the cheque Book issued in the name of their target from the courier boy and also present cheques in banks etc. and to authenticate his claim, he would produce forged documents. He has not been arrested earlier.
The accused persons were produced in the Court and they have been remanded to police custody at PS Mahindra Park.