Two from Rajasthan arrested for online fraud in Sikkim


GANGTOK, 27 Sept: Sikkim Police CID team has arrested two persons from Murlipura, Rajasthan, in connection with an online fraud case. The case was registered on 21 October last year on a complaint made by Vice Chancellor Sikkim Manipal University. Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Superintendent of Police Crime Branch- CID, Tenzing Loden Lepcha mentioned that the

fraudsters, posing as the Vice-Chancellor, had sent bulk e-mail to staff of the university asking them to purchase Amazon gift cards. He added that lots of staff bought the Amazon gift cards since they

thought it was sent by the VC. Subsequently, the SMU VC, Rajan S Grewal filed a complaint with the

CID branch of Sikkim Police. He mentioned that a four-member team led by PI, Abhishek Dahal, arrested the two accused from Rajasthan. According to the SP, two foreigners were also involved in the crime who have since left the country while another accused, Tushar, has been arrested by Delhi Police in another case and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail. As per the investigating officer, Abhishek Dahal,

two persons related to the case were tracked in December last year but the team could not go

to Rajasthan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 18 Sept, a CID team from Sikkim went to Rajasthan

and arrested Subham Punia and Prashit Agarwal from Murlipura, Rajasthan, at around 4 AM. He mentioned that investigation revealed that there were cases registered against the duo in other States as well. The case has been registered under section 419 and 420 of IPC and 66 (c) (d) of IT Act. Both accused are presently under five-day police custody and the investigating team is planning to request for extension for further interrogation. It is the duty of the police to solve cyber-crimes in the State but awareness among the people is more important, said the SP. Speaking on the latest cyber-crime trend in the State, he mentioned that people have been getting SMSs stating that their SIM card has expired as KYC norms have not been fulfilled. One such case has been registered where the victim lost around

Rs 24 lakhs in a span of 24 hours, he added. He added that people need to understand that the service provider never sends SMSs directly to customers. He suggested that people should not make any transactions based on such SMSs and should ignore them. He also added that people

should be careful about SMSs regarding job and loan offers. The SP mentioned that another growing cyber-crime is related to crypto currency which is popular among the young. He appealed to youngsters involved in crypto currency investments to be careful. To deal with such cases a portal called Citizen Financial Fraud Reporting & Management System has been launched in the country and it will be available in Sikkim as well in the next 10 days. Under Citizen Financial Fraud Reporting & Management System, the Ministry of Home has operationalized the national Helpline 155260 and Reporting Platform for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud. If a victim immediately contacts 155260 to report the fraud, they can save their money but later the case also has to be registered, he informed.Until this portal is operational in Sikkim, if any person becomes victim to online fraud they can contact Programmer of CID, Thinlay Zangpo, on 97331-66761.