Pune, 7th January 2023: The leader of a gang that cheated lakhs of rupees on the pretext of investing in crypto currency has been caught by the Shivajinagar police. Seven mobile sets, ten SIM cards, bank account passbooks, and eight debit cards have been seized from the accused who were picked up from Karjat in Raigad district.
The arrested accused has been identified as Priyesh Anil Rao alias Shetty alias Mukul (34), a resident of The Mist Society, Karjat, District Raigad. In this regard, a case has been registered against Ranjit Jarnail Singh (37), a resident of Heritage Shangri-la, Mira Road, District Thane; Shabbir Sheikh (41), a resident of Nirmalnagar, Mira Road, District Thane; Sujoy Paul, a resident of Handewadi Road, Hadapsar, Mangesh Kadam, a resident of Gokhalenagar.
The complainant, who lives in Shaniwar Peth, filed a complaint at Shivajinagar police station. He works in a private company in the Shivajinagar area. The accused had extorted Rs 19.70 lakh by luring him to invest in Bitcoins.
Even after investing, the money was not refunded. Accused Mukul was constantly changing his residence and mobile number. Meanwhile, the police received the information that he was living in the Karjat area. He was then caught in a trap.
The action was taken under the guidance of Additional Commissioner of Police Rajendra Dahale, DCP (Zone 1) Sandeep Singh Gill, ACP Satish Govekar and Senior police inspector Arvind Mane. The team included Police Inspector (Crime) Vikram Goud, API Bajirao Naik, and police personnel Rupesh Waghmare, Adesh Chalwadi, Arjun Kudalkar and Ruchika Jamdade.