HYDERABAD: The Cyber Cime Police, Central Crime Station (CCS), arrested six persons including three Nigerians in Mumbai on Monday with the assistance of Thane Crime Branch police for duping two persons on the promise of star hotel business.
According to the police, one Raju Jembiya (24), resident of New Ashoknagar in Parsigutta in Secunderabad, lodged a complaint with the Cyber Crime Police stating that his friend C Sadashiva had made friendship with Terry Joseph of Nigeria on Facebook. Terry later expressed his willingness to start a restaurant in India and offered to invest $1,00,000.
Terry assured to send $1,00,000 in an electronic container box through Arab. and told them that he paid all the taxes concerning the money. Later, one of Terry’s friends, Daniel, called Sadashiva and informed him that they need to pay customs clearance charges. Sadashiva and Jembiya deposited `1.60 lakh in accounts with seven banks.
Later, Sadashiva went to Mumbai to receive the electronic box and, on directions of Terry, met one agent Mahesh Damodar Rajput , who demanded `2 lakh to hand over the cash box. Sadasiva’s friend paid the amount in cash to Damodar. They did not receive any money and Jembia and Sadashiva realised that they were cheated. Basing on the complaint, police registered a case and took up investigation.
During course of investigation, the addresses of the account holders were found at Thane. The police here proceeded to Thane, and arrested account-holders Samadan Laxman Mali (21), a student, and and Rahul Dilip Kharde (25), both residents of Dombvli, Thane. Based on their confessional statements, police apprehended the main agent Mahesh Damodar Rajput.
Later, police nabbed Nigerians Onuoha Nnanna Francis alias Daniel (34), a cloth merchant and resident of Koper Khairne in Navi Mumbai; Valentine O Anumaka (28), garments dealer; Eze Victor (35), cloth merchant and resident of Naraspura East in Thane.