Accused used daughter as bait to con young men; also indulged in cricket betting

Jan 07, 2014, 08:52 IST | Salil Urunkar

Cops say the culprit was about to escape to Sri Lanka, but was arrested in time; his wife and daughter ” believed to be accomplices are reportedly hiding in Delhi

Investigations into his cheating racket have revealed that fraudster Kapil Sureshchandra Bansal (39) was involved in the cricket-betting racket since 2008, which was operational from Delhi-NCR. Meanwhile, eight FIRs have now been lodged against Bansal in Chandigarh alone by people whom he has allegedly duped of lakhs of rupees. MiD DAY had reported about Bansal’s latest con game yesterday (‘Prospective father-in-law cheats youth of Rs 19 lakh’).

Kapil Bansal

Bansal, with the help of his wife Bharti (40) and daughter Simran alias Maanu (19), had cheated Pune-based youth Raj Singh and his mother on the pretext of setting up a business partnership after the two young persons got engaged.

Assistant police inspector DB Shingade said, “We have recovered a document from Bansal, which contains details of the amounts he had invested in illegal cricket betting. He is claiming that the transactions were related to old matches, but we are verifying the data.”

“After the news of Bansal’s arrest flashing in the media, many people are coming forward to register complaints against him. In Chandigarh alone, eight FIRs have been lodged against him, apart from one each in Pune, Delhi and Ghaziabad. Bansal was about to escape to Sri Lanka to evade arrest, but luckily we managed to nab him.

His wife and daughter are suspected to be hiding in Delhi, and we will catch them soon,” Shingade said. The cop added, “Bharti is Bansal’s second wife. Bansal’s modus operandi was to rent a flat in any posh locality and move around in high-end luxury cars.

After creating the impression of being a serious businessman in the eyes of his intended victims, his daughter used to identify a young man from a well-to-do family. She used to emotionally blackmail the youth and his family if they didn’t agree to the engagement or marriage. After the impediments were out of the way, Bansal’s used to take money from the victims fraudulently and flee the city.”

Hide and seek

Police Inspector Kishor Jadhav said, “The complainant in our case, Charanjeet Gurinderraj Kaur (55), a resident of Wadgaon Sheri, was tracking Bansal’s movements. She had alerted Chandigarh police about Bansal and also registered a case against him there. Bansal, however, had obtained interim bail from a local court in Chandigarh. After his bail term expired, Bansal was supposed to appear in court, but he took flight. We then kept him under surveillance in Delhi, Chandigarh and Ghaziabad and then apprehended him.”

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