The Mumbai Crime Branch has arrested the mastermind of the inter-state racket that has been conning policemen of various cities in the country. The main accused, 23-year-old Alok Ray alias Lucky Munger, was held from Bhagalpur, Bihar. His two associates were arrested a few days ago from Delhi.
Alok Ray alias Lucky Munger was nabbed by Mumbai crime branch
The gang is learnt to have conned at least three ACPs and two constables from Mumbai Police in February. A probe revealed that police personnel from Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were also duped in the past.
According to police sources, Munger is studying BBA and is the smartest person in the gang. He was the one who would surf police websites of various cities and decide the gang’s next target. Officers from the crime branch unit-2 were on the lookout of Munger since past many days as he was constantly changing his locations within and outside Bihar ever since he learned that his two associates landed in police’s net.
“Munger was picked up from the Khanjarpur area with the help of our men from Barar police thana, on Wednesday, by officials of the Mumbai Crime branch,” Bhagalpur city Superintendent of Police Avkash Kumar confirmed to mid-day.
The senior Bihar police official also added that, before coming to Khanjarpur area, the suspect was hiding in Jamalpur district for 4-5 days. “We will also check if the suspect has cheated any people in our district,” Kumar said.
Kumar’s two associates Hemraj Dalal and Sunil Mishra, both hails from Gurgaon, and were arrested on February 26, by Mumbai crime branch, in Delhi.
The gang’s operation in Mumbai came to light after it was learnt that two wireless operators (constables) of two ACPs, were duped of nearly Rs 90,000 by the gang in February.
A source claimed that main member of the gang called the ACPs of Pydhonie, Goregaon and Samatanagar divisions posing as deputy commissioner of police (DCP) from Mumbai crime branch and, secured numbers of police constables for some urgent work.
“The fraudster then called the constables and told them his men had laid a trap to nab a dreaded criminal and his men urgently needed talk time top-ups. He asked the constables to deposit money into an e-wallet account. He assured them that the amount would be refunded once the operation was over,” a police officer said.
He added that the fraudster would not disconnect the call until the constable had transferred the said amount. “A junior officer will never question a DCP-rank officer. The fraudster exploited the chain of command. Two of the three constables fell prey to the con and deposited Rs 60,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. But the third constable smelled a rat and refrained from following the instructions. The fraud came to light after the constables informed their ACPs about the phone call,” the officer said.
The matter was escalated to the senior officials and the case was handed over to the Crime Branch. Based on the complaint filed by the constable from Pydhonie police station, an offence was registered at the Cyber police station in BKC following which Crime Branch (Unit-2) had launched a probe into the matter.
"Dalal’s brothers are in jail for similar cases. Also, they have murder cases registered against them," said another officer. He added that Mishra is associated with a cellular network service provider and procured 30 SIM cards for the gang without submitting valid documents.