Officials of the Kothrud police station arrested two sons of a 51-year-old name-dropper, who duped several people of lakhs by promising them jobs in police, railway and health department.
Officials said Sanjay Malwade had told his victims that he was in the good books of ministers and several high-ranking officials in the home, police and railway department and launched a manhunt for Malwade.
They said the incident came to light after two of his victims, who went to Malwade’s residence to get their money back, approached Kothrud police station and lodged a complaint against his sons — Aditya and Ritesh — of forcing them sign blank stamp papers at gunpoint. The Malwade’s are residents of Mahtma Society in Kothrud.
In their complaint, Datttatray Kulkarni and Muskan said they had given Malwade Rs 17 lakh and Rs 30 lakh respectively, to secure government jobs for the clients.
A resident of Khatao in Satara district, 34-year-old Kulkarni gave money to Malwade to secure employment for five people from his village. Similarly, Muskan, who runs a placement agency in the city, handed over money to Malwade so that he could get her clients in the railways.
Kulkarni said, “I met Sanjay eight months ago through a common acquaintance. During our meeting, he said he knows several politicians, ministers and senior police officials and promised that he would help my candidates secure jobs civic hospitals in Satara district.”
Kulkarni said since Malwade was taking names of big people, he assumed that Malwade was in the good books of all these officials and requested him to secure jobs for five candidates in the health department.
“He promised that he would get tem jobs as arogya sevaks in civic hospitals in Satara district and demanded Rs 17 lakh,” said Kulkarni. But Malwade never got a job for any of Kulkarni’s five and kept dilly-dallying after accepting the full payment. Kulkarni, however, managed to recover Rs 11 lakh from Malwade.
“When I pressurised him to repay the remaining amount, he started avoiding my calls and at times would threatened me. Malwade even said he knows of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister,” said Kulkarni.
Kulkarni said on October 18, Muskan and he went to meet Malwade at his residence where his sons Aditya and Ritesh thrashed him and made the duo sign a blank stamp papers. Muskan was locked inside the bedroom and Malwade’s wife was guarding the room,” said Kulkarni.
He said when they refused to give in to their demands, one of Malwade’s sons pointed a gun at them and forced them to sign the stamp papers. Kulkarni said, “The drama went for two to three hours following which they allowed us to leave the house. Before letting us go, they once again threatened us to stay away from their house and not to ask them for any refund. They even used Dawood’s sister’s name.”
Police Inspector (Crime) S B Navale of Kothrud police station said following the incident, Kulkarni and Muskan lodged a complaint against Malwade and his sons. “When we reached Malwade’s residence, he had already absconded. But we managed to arrest his two sons who were hiding in the balcony,” said Navale.
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