Staff Reporter

Police claim to have seized a computer, compact discs

NEW DELHI: Two young men have been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of providing loans. The police claim to have seized a computer, compact discs containing a large data-base of forged documents like election identity cards and salary certificates, forged chequebooks and other printed papers from them.

The Special Cell received a complaint from Sushil Kumar, a resident of Aligarh in U.P., that some persons had cheated him and his neighbour by giving false promises of providing loans. In April, Sushil saw a newspaper advertisement offering loans by Capital Enterprises. He called up a contact person named Jai Prakash, who asked Sushil to meet him at Tilak Nagar with the original documents of his property and valuables.

A few days later, Sushil gave all the papers to the agent, who then promised to arrange a loan of Rs.3 lakh on 5 per cent commission. Sushil then went back to his village where his neighbour Hem Pratap also showed interest in availing himself of the loan. Hem Pratap came to Delhi with Sushil and gave the required documents to Jai Prakash.

Jai Prakash and his colleague met the two near Kohat Enclave in North-West Delhi on May 27 and introduced them to their senior named Rakesh, who took Rs.15,000 from Sushil and Rs.10,000 from Hem Pratap and gave them cheques for Rs.3 lakh and Rs.2 lakh, respectively, purportedly of the Jaipur branch of Allahabad Bank. The cheques were later found forged.

Acting on the complaint, a policeman contacted Jai Prakash posing as a prospective client. The accused asked the caller to meet him in Punjabi Bagh. Subsequently a trap was laid and he was arrested along with his accomplice.