Times of India | 4 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 11:16 am
THANE: A retired engineer from an international company fell prey to online fraud where the scamsters posing as representatives of a power company allegedly conned him of over Rs 7 lakh. The accused called up the 66-year-old man late at night and threatened to disconnect power supply to his home claiming non-payment of dues and compelled him to download a malware and used it to siphon off money from his account later. According to inspector Suryavanshi at the Vartak Nagar police station, the victim got a call on his mobile number from an unidentified person who introduced himself as a representative of a power company. “The caller told the elderly that his previous month’s bill payment was not updated due to which the connection would be snapped. The accused later sent a link online to the victim asking him to make a token payment of Rs 19 following which he convinced the elderly to download a malware. Once done, the accused asked for details of the bank account from which the payment was made following which the victim later realised that over Rs 7 lakh was debited from his account following which he approached the police,” informed the official. The Vartak Nagar police has registered an offence and is investigating the same.
THANE: A 50-year-old man allegedly killed his sister-in-law and injured his wife and mother-in-law over a dispute in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place in Badlapur town of the district around 6am on Monday, an official said. The accused arrived at his in-laws' place and picked up a quarrel about divorcing his wife and getting some documents of a house in Mumbai, he said. The accused allegedly started beating and stabbing his 60-year-old mother-in-law and when his wife and sister-in-law intervened, he attacked them as well, the official said. While the accused's sister-in-law died on the spot, the other two women had to be hospitalised, he said. The accused has been arrested under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Police Act, the station house officer of Badlapur West police station said.
THANE: A 38-year-old man from Mumbra was cheated of Rs 97,000 by five persons who offered him a loan with zero per cent interest. The police said that in 2019, he had taken a loan from a financial company and had repaid the loan with the prescribed interest. It was recently, he got a call from a woman from the same finance company who identified herself as an executive and told him that considering his old financial record with the company and the credit score, he can avail the loan at zero percent interest. As he was in dire need of money, he fell prey to the sweet-talking accused. He said that he got calls wherein the accused told him different schemes but settled to take Rs 30 lakh loan with no interest. Another accused also a woman told him that he will have to avail a policy from them accordingly he paid the sum for the requisite. Again the accused told them that he can avail the subsidy on loan but for which he will have to pay more money. They sent him a link via email and told him to take the insurance policies and pay a different sum. Both the policies turned out to be genuine as the complainant verified it with the call centre numbers. Falling prey to the scamsters he paid the amount on different pretext to the accused and took three policies from the accused but did not give him any loan and later their mobile numbers were unreachable. He then realised that he had been duped and registered a case with the Mumbra police under various sections of cheating of the Indian penal code and relevant section of information and technology act. The police said that they are probing the case.
KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.
THANE: Following a 48-hour search operation, the crime branch unit-3 of Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar (MBVV) police nabbed the undertrial accused of murdering a banker during a robbery bid who had escaped from Vasai court premises along with his bike-borne aide on Friday, officials informed on Sunday. In July 2021, Anil Dubey (36), a former private bank manager, was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague and injuring another while trying to flee with gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 3.4 crore from the locker at the bank's Virar branch. On Friday afternoon, when Dubey was brought from Thane Central jail to Vasai court, he allegedly requested the escorting policemen to allow him to visit the washroom and managed to give them the slip and escape on a motorcycle driven by his aide Chand Badshah Aziz Khan (42), a historysheeter from Nalasopara. "We have arrested Dubey and Khan from Nalasopara after our teams narrowed down on them following technical leads. We also recovered the bike," confirmed Shrikant Pathak, additional police commissioner, MBVV police. Avinash Ambure, deputy police commissioner, crime, MBVV police, said, "Our teams were tipped off that the absconding undertrial could be holed up in Nalasopara following which crime branch unit-3 formed teams and started search operations." Police are likely to have zeroed in on the accused based on technical surveillance, including CCTV footage, of the area. Police in the Vasai-Virar area were on alert and also undertook late-night patrolling since Friday, officials said. While sources said Dubey got in touch with Khan when the latter was lodged at Thane jail a few months back, prison officials said they were unaware if Khan was lodged there and may have interacted with Dubey to hatch the escape plan.
KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."