A complainant Vikas Solanki reported that an amount of Rs.10,57,500/- was debited from his account and transferred in the account of Landmark Construction company, Kolkata through a cheque without his knowledge. On his statement, a case vide FIR No.460/17 U/s 379/381/411/467/468/471/120-B IPC dated 30.12.17 was registered in PS Kirti Nagar and investigation was taken up.
Keeping in view the sensitivity of the case a team comprising of SI Amit Rathee, HC Rakesh, Ct. Anil, Ct. Praveen and Ct. Sanjeev led by Inspr. Anil Sharma, SHO- Kirti Nagar/West District under overall supervision of Sh. Raman Lamba, ACP/Punjabi Bagh was constituted to act swiftly. During the investigation, it was found that a cheque was stolen from the office of the complainant and same was presented in Kolkata. With the help of technical surveillance, first arrest of Ashish (an employee of the complainant) was made. On sustained interrogation, he accepted the theft of cheque from the office of the complainant. Accused disclosed that he has passed the cheque to one of his associates namely Deepak. Deepak was arrested and during the course of interrogation, he disclosed that he had sent the stolen cheque to one of his associate Rishikesh in Sahibganj, Jharkhand. The team reached in the area of Bihar, Jharkhand including Hazaribagh a Naxalite affected area and succeeded in arresting Rishikesh from Lalganj, Bihar.
On enquiry, Rishikesh disclosed that he gave the said cheque to one of his associate Probal Sen Gupta in Kolkata, but was unaware about the address of Probal Sen Gupta. However, the team made relentless efforts and the accused Probal Sen Gupta was apprehended from West Bengal. On interrogation, Probal Sen Gupta revealed that he would further gave the cheque to one of his associate Satender Sharma living in the area of P.S. Titagarh. However unaware of the address of Satender Sharma, a trap was planned whereas accused Probel Sent Gupta was made to contact Satender Sharma under the direction of Police Team and Satender Sharma was called for providing some blank cheques near Titagarh. However, accused Satender Sharma sent one of his associate Raj Kumar for collecting the cheques. Raj Kumar was taken into custody, who further leads to Satender Sharma who was later arrested. During the course of interrogation Satender Sharma revealed that he would further pass on the cheques to one of his known Biplob Das. The police team was sent to arrest the person namely Biplob Das from Kolkata and accused Biplob Das was the one who manually forge the signatures of innocent complainants. All the seven accused persons are in Judicial Custody and investigation of the case is still in progress to arrest the remaining accused persons.
The Interrogation revealed that Satender Sharma, Probel Sen Gupta and Biplob Das were also involved in different cases of cheating and forgery in Kolkata, West Bengal. Further, it was also found that some bank officials and telecom emplyees were also party to this crime syndicate. An instant action of police team during investigation in Kolkata saved an amount of Rs. 50 lakhs (approx.), which was under transaction by forged cheques in different banks.