Hyderabad

Lottery racket busted

Pakistan-based gang in collusion with a few Indians residing in Saudi Arabia behind the fraud, says DCP (Detective Department)

The city police on Friday busted a lottery racket operated by a Pakistan-based gang by arresting three persons from Allahabad, who were assisting the Pakistani gang in carrying out their operations in India. The city police team brought the three arrested members identified as Shahenshah (24), Mohd. Aftab (26), and Sujeet Kumar (24) to Hyderabad for further questioning. Four mobile phones, 70 debit cards, fake voter ID cards, 40 rounds of ammunition and Rs.15.1 lakh cash were recovered from the accused.

The fraud came to light when a woman from Kacheguda lodged a complaint with the police stating that the accused collected Rs.12 lakh from her for handing over Rs.25 lakh, which they said she had won in the lottery.

The modus operandi of the gang was that they used to randomly call people on their mobile phone numbers from Pakistan stating that their number had been selected as the winner in the Kaun Banega Crorepati quiz lucky draw and that they were entitled for the Rs. 25 lakh prize.

The gang would then convince people by saying that they had to pay some amount towards customs duty and income tax so as to claim the lottery amount. The Pakistan-based gang in collusion with a few Indians residing in Saudi Arabia were behind the racket, DCP (Detective Department) G. Pala Raju, said.

Speaking in chaste Hindi, the gang would convince people to pay some amount towards necessary clearances.“Once the person is convinced, the gang would ask them to deposit the amount in the bank account operated by Aftab and Kumar in India. After collecting their commission, the amount would be transferred to the prime accused in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan through hawala channels,” Mr. Raju said.

Five other accused – Moharram, Mouni, Mohd. Jawed, Lalu and Mohd. Shakeel – were absconding, the DCP said.

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