Advocate, among 3, held for duping people of crores

Kashmir Times. Dated: 6/12/2019 11:14:45 AM

Mendhar fraud

JAMMU, Jun 11: Three persons, including an advocate, were arrested for allegedly duping people of crores of rupees on the pretext of providing household products at cheaper rates in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district, officials said Tuesday.
While main accused Tariq Mehmood was arrested on May 22, two others including his wife and the advocate were arrested on Monday, they said. A complaint was lodged at the Mendhar police station by some of the victimised people after which an FIR was registered. The case was later transferred to the crime branch, the officials said.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Bhushan Kumar Ganjoo, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jammu, arrested Tariq Mehmood, a pharmacist who was working at a health sub centre in Bathoi.
A police spokesman said, “On May 16,2019, a complaint was lodged at Police Station Mendhar District Poonch by Abdul Karim son of Raj Mohammed resident of Pathanteer Mendhar and others duly endorsed by DIG Rajouri Poonch Range and forwarded by SDPO Mendhar. In the complaint it was alleged that accused Tariq Mehmood son of Mohammed Aziz resident of village Chhugan tehsil Mendhar, district Poonch, Murtaza Ahmed son of Mohammed Bashir resident of Chak Banok tehsil Mendhar and Imtiaz Ahmed son of Mohammed Aziz resident of village Chhugan Mendhar and others duped crores of rupees from the inhabitants of tehsil Mendhar and its surrounding areas on the pretext of providing different products with huge interest. On receipt of the said complaint case FIR No. 70/2019 u/s 420/RPC was registered at Police Station Mendhar.”
“The investigation of the case was transferred to Crime Branch, Jammu by PHQ J&K Srinagar. The investigation of the case was taken up by the Crime Branch on May 22, 2019 and accordingly a SIT comprising Inspector Mashkoor Giri, Inspector Urfan Wani, SI Hilal Azhar and ASI Mohammed Sayeed headed by Bhushan Kumar Ganjoo, Deputy Superintendent of Police Crime Branch, Jammu was constituted which swung into action and arrested main accused Tariq Mehmood. The accused was interrogated to ascertain the modus operandi of crime and other aspects related to the case. Investigation revealed that said accused is a pharmacist and presently posted at health sub Centre Bathoi, Mahore district Reasi who has reportedly been suspended by the authorities,” the spokesman said.
“The accused disclosed that he along with his other co-accused opened a company under the name of style of “Hablas-e-Commerce Private Limited” located at Mendhar in district Poonch. The said company was opened by them in the month of February, 2018 and after opening the company he along with his co-accused collected money from different individuals on the pretext of providing them various products with huge interest of principle amount etc. In this process, he collected huge amounts from different individuals in crores. The accused admitted that he committed a mistake. During interrogation he also disclosed that out of money collected from the different individuals he purchased a house for an amount of Rs. 1.20 Crore from one Kala Bali located a Dhakki Mendhar and also paid Rs. 1.21 Crores to Shoket Khan contractor, Rs 40.00 lakh to Mohammed Shafi, Rs. 60.00 lakhs to Nissar Ahmed, Rs. 30.00 to Mushtafa Ahmed and Rs. 35.00 lakh to Mohammed Rafiq on 10 percent interest etc. Besides he has kept about Rs 1.00 Crore with his father in law Nazir Hussain and an equal amount each with his other co-accused persons. The said accused has presently been lodged in district jail Amphala on judicial remand,” the spokesperson said.
“The investigation revealed that accused Shazia Kouser wife of accused Tariq Mehmood and Advocate Jaffar Iqbal son of Nizam Din resident of Gujjar Mohallah upper Paloura Jammu were also found involved hand in glove with accused Tariq Mehmood and others in the case for indulging in illegal business to extort money from the people by inducement/fraudulent means. Both the accused persons were arrested on June 10, 2019. They are on police remand for interrogation. On disclosure of accused Shazia Kouser an amount of Rs. 10.00 lakh also has been recovered and seized which was kept under cantonment in the residential quarter of Lecturer Mehmood Ahmed who is also absconding. The arrest of the accused and recoveries were affected by a team of Crime Branch Jammu headed by B.K Ganjoo Deputy SP Crime Branch Jammu Inspector Mashkoor Giri, Inspector Urfan Wani, SI Hilal Azhar and ASI Mohammed Sayeed Wani under the supervision of Mushtaq Ahmed, Superintendent of Police Crime Branch Jammu,” police spokesman said.
“The accused persons are being interrogated to effect further possible recovery as well as trail of money collected by them from various individuals fraudulently. Crime Branch has also recovered two vehicles bearing Registration No JK02CD-7851 (Jeep Campas) and JK02CE-8650 (Scorpio S-11),” he added.

 

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