Pune: Men Posing As Bank Employees Loot People In The Name Of Exchanging Currency Notes, 19 Cases Solved

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Pune, 1st July 2023: The Pune City Police have arrested a 47-year-old man and two of his accomplices for looting people at the bank by posing as the bank employee.


The accused identified as Deepkumar Omprakash Mehangi, a resident of Panipat, Haryana was arrested from a lodge in the city after he looted a person of Rs 1 lakh at the Indusind Bank in Pune Camp area.


According to police, the accused fled with cash in the name of exchanging the currency notes at the bank on June 13.


A 53-year-old person had gone to withdraw cash at the Indusland Bank in Pune Camp area. After withdrawing the cash, as he was coming out the accused posing as the bank employee met him and asked him to change the notes with colours on it. He took the cash and said he would replace it with the cashier. Since he posed as a bank employee the complainant gave him the money and waited for him to return.


However, he did not return, following which the complainant rushed to the Lashkar Police Station to lodge an FIR in the matter.


During the investigation, the police team arrested the main accused Deepkumar and his accomplices identified as Sunil Ramprasada Gard (37), Surajkumar Omrapakash Mehangi (39) in the case. Sunil was arrested from a lodge in the city while Suraj was nabbed from the city airport with the help of CISF personnel as he was set to fly to Delhi. The accused confessed to have committed similar offences at multiple banks in Maharashtra and other states. Accordingly, the investigation checked the records found their involvement in 19 such cases including 17 cases registered in Maharashtra, one case at Madhya Pradesh and one at Gujarat. This also includes 7 cases registered in Pune.


According to police, the accused would pose as a bank employee and stand near the cashier to observe people who withdraw cash from the bank. Later they would approach them by saying that they will exchange the currency notes having colour on it and flee from the bank with cash. The police team were granted 9 days of police custody of the accused by court in the case. A total of over Rs 20 lakh cash has been seized in 19 cases so far. The police are investigating further to identify their roles in more such cases if reported in Maharashtra or other states.