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Posted on Nov 03, 06:52PM | UNI
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the city police are on the look-out for a cartel that allegedly dupes people by promising lucrative returns on investments for installing mobile network company towers, after a 53-year-old widow, Sulbha Palshikar,became their victim and lost Rs 1.66 crore.
Palshikar, a resident of Vile Parle, came across an advertisement in an English daily, which stated that an individual can earn Rs 65,000 per month if an Aircel or Uninor company's network tower is installed on their plot, land or terrace. The advertisement also stated that the individual will get Rs 40 lakh as advance within 48 hours.
Excited with the lucrative offer, Palshikar approached the agent, whose number was mentioned in the ad, as she had an open plot in Palghar. The agent met Palshikar and saw the plot, after which she was introduced to Aditi Khanna, who, according to the police, is the cartel's kingpin.
Post the meeting, Khanna started asking for money multiple times on the pretext of various legal fees, and told the victim to deposit it in an account. However, as soon as Palshikar made a deposit, the amount would be withdrawn within 24 hours from various ATM's across the country, said the police.
This went on for about a month until the victim became suspicious one day and finally lodged a complaint with the police on October 27,who transferred the case to the EOW.
The police have identified six people on whose name the accounts were opened. The amount deposited was withdrawn from ATMs in places like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand.
Apart from Khanna, police are also looking for Gurjeet Singh, Anil Gupta, Pankaj Batra, Wasim Khan, Rajesh Kumar, Rohit Patel and Himanshu Agarwal, though they suspect that these names are fictitious.