Mumbai, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Mankhurd police of city suburb arrested 10 people for allegedly cheating an auditor for Rs 3.32 lakh after faking his friend's arrest.

Cops later found that his friend had planned this crime and used members of a Pune-based NGO called National Crime Investigation Bureau (NCIB) to impersonate as cops to frighten the complainant and extort money.

Complainant Yashwant Ramchandra Chalke, 44, audits accounts of co-operative housing societies and met Abdul Hameed Shaikh, 27, the main accused, while he was working for an accounts firm. Both of them reside in Lalubhai Compound, Mankhurd.

Hameed was in need of money and hence connived with nine others to scare Chalke of police action to extort money from him.

'Few officials reached my office and started checking my work station. They said they are crime branch officials from Pune. I got scared and paid them Rs 32,000 after withdrawing the cash from a nearby ATM. A day later, Hameed's father told me that Hameed has been arrested and taken to Pune. He blamed me for his arrest and told me to give them Rs three lakh as loan so that they could bail Hameed,' said Chalke.

The accused have been identified as Maqsood, 55, Abdul Hameed's father; his neighbour Zafar Shaikh, 27; friend Raees Ansari, 28; and five members of a Lucknow-based NGO identified as Mozim Shaikh, 30,Rashid Shaikh, 23, Naeem Makdum, 22, Azharuddin Tamboli, 23, and Sujeet Lokhande, 25.

Wahida Shaikh, 34, a lady who has recently shifted from Mankhurd to Pune and runs a beauty parlour, was also arrested as she was the link between all the arrested accused.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)