NEW DELHI: A teacher has been arrested along with his associate for running a syndicate that has duped over 1,500 people in the past few months on the pretext of doorstep delivery of alcohol.

Hafiz Tufail, originally from Nuh in Haryana, used to teach at a madrassa in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai while Huzaifa lived in Sangam Vihar. The cops are looking for the kingpin, Naseer, who lives in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur.
DCP (southeast) R P Meena said they had started an investigation after receiving a complaint from Karan Palta, a resident of New Friends Colony in southeast Delhi, that on May 22, during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, he had come across an advertisement on Facebook about home delivery of liquor.
On contacting the mobile phone numbers given the advertisement, he was told to transfer Rs 4,000 for two bottles. He sent the money via Paytm but did not get the liquor. When he asked for a refund, a UPI link was sent and he was asked to scan a QR code for receiving the money. As soon as he scanned the code, Rs 20,000 got deducted from his Paytm account.
A team under inspector Aishvir Singh started examining the details of the mobile numbers used by the conmen. It emerged that the money from online wallets of the suspects was being transferred to a private bank account in Saket and withdrawn in cash.
Further investigation and local surveillance led cops to Huzaifa on the bank premises on Friday. Four cheque books, 11 debit cards and a mobile phone with two SIM cards were found on him. The bank had already frozen his account on a request from Hyderabad Police. An analysis of his account statement revealed he had received Rs 35 lakh in his account between February 20 and September 9.
Huzaifa told the cops that he had opened multiple bank accounts in his name at various banks and worked on the instructions of Naseer, who used to inform him about money transfers by victims. Huzaifa would then withdraw cash and hand it over to Tufail, who had introduced him to Naseer.
Tufail, who was arrested from the madrassa, said Naseer was his relative who used to transfer the money online to his bank accounts as commissions.

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