40-yr-old who duped six firms of ₹38 lakh ar­rested af­ter 3 yrs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: A 40-year-old man was ar­rested on Thursday for al­legedly cheat­ing six com­pa­nies of ₹38 lakh. Ac­cord­ing to the Oshi­wada po­lice, the ac­cused, Ra­jiv Ahuja, was booked in 2015, af­ter which a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case led to a look­out no­tice for him.

Ahuja was nabbed at the in­ter­na­tional air­port in the city on Thursday.

“He used to es­tab­lish BPO com­pa­nies and out­source data feed from other com­pa­nies in or­der to run his call cen­tres. He made six such com­pa­nies and cheated data-feed­ing com­pa­nies to the tune of ₹38 lakh,” said an of­fi­cer from Oshi­wara po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice also said there are war­rants against the ac­cused in Ban­ga­lore too.

“There are war­rants to nab him in Ban­ga­lore too. Charges against him there are sim­i­lar to the ones in Mum­bai,” said the of­fi­cer.

Po­lice had re­cov­ered Ahuja’s pass­port de­tails af­ter he went ab­scond­ing.

“We were track­ing his pass­port de­tails, when we got to know that he will be land­ing from Philip­pines on Friday. We

formed a team and nabbed him at the in­ter­na­tional air­port,” the of­fi­cer said.

A case un­der sec­tions 419,420,468 and 469 of In­dian Pe­nal CODE(IPC) had been reg­is­tered against him three years ago. “He has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till June 18 and fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion will put shed light on his modus operandi,” said the of­fi­cer.

Res­i­dents of the so­ci­ety said their build­ing is in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion. The girl, Nishtha Chowd­hary, had come to stay at her rel­a­tive Bharat Chowd­hary’s house a few days ago.

She was play­ing near the win­dow when the grill col­lapsed, tak­ing her three floors down along with it, a source said. She sus­tained mi­nor in­juries to her head and has been ad­mit­ted to MGM hos­pi­tal.

Fam­ily mem­bers re­fused to speak, but a neigh­bour, Ki­ran­jeet Kaur, 27, said, “We have been com­plain­ing to the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) and to the City and In­dus­trial Development Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) for a long time that our build­ing is in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion. But no­body cares. It is no sur­prise that a win­dow grill came off. The build­ing struc­ture has be­come weak. The child could have died.” Su­nil Wad­kar, 35, an­other res­i­dent, agreed. “We are not get­ting per­mis­sion for re­de­vel­op­ment, nor are au­thor­i­ties do­ing any­thing to make the struc­ture more safe. If they don’t do some­thing soon, we will start an ag­i­ta­tion.”

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Sam­pat She­vale said, “This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter. It is for­tu­nate that the child es­caped with mi­nor in­juries. I will take up the is­sue with MLA Manda Mha­tre and help res­i­dents of the build­ing.”

Vashi ward of­fi­cer Ma­hen­dra Singh Thoke said they are not aware of the in­ci­dent.“the build­ing has not been de­clared di­lap­i­dated by the civic body. We will look into the is­sue,” said Thoke.

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