Man nabbed who cheated in name of mobile recharge

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Pune, January 30: Officials from Chandan Nagar police station have nabbed a man who duped people under pretext of sending mobile recharge balance.

The arrested accused has been identified as Melvin Peter Shukla (29) from Bandra (West), Mumbai. Ravindra Gaikwad, a mobile shop owner from Vadgaosheri, had lodged a complaint against him.

According to police, Melvin approached Gaikwad saying he will get 3.6 percent commission for mobile phone balance recharge of India Service company. The commission offered was more than what other telecom companies give to retailers. Gaikwad deposited Rs 50,000 in a bank account given by Melvin, but he didn’t get the promised mobile recharge balance.

Based on Gaikwad’s complaint, police registered FIR against Melvin for cheating and other offences under  the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology Act.

While investigating the case head constables Sameer Shaikh and Bandu Jagtap received tip-off about  Melvin’s presence in Goregaon area and nabbed him on January 26.

Senior police inspector Anil Patrudkar, in-charge of Chandan Nagar police station, said, “We have recovered Rs 50,000 from the accused’s possession. We appeal people to contact us if they have been cheated in similar manner.”

DCP (zone 4 ) Dr Sudhir Hiremath supervised the investigation team which included inspector Madhav Patil, policemen Suresh Shelke, Daya Shegar and Amol Pilane.