District Local Crime Branch has nabbed a gang of thugs coming to Vadodara by swindling lakhs of rupees by tempting a greedy person to double the amount through Tantra-Mantra ritual. The accused was coming from Rajpipla towards Vadodara. The crime branch recovered Rs 2.56 lakh in suspicious duplicate currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100 from the gang. Car and mobile phones were also seized from them.
District Local Crime Branch PI D.B. Vala said, LCB unarm Head Constable Ravindra Kumar, Magendra Singh,
Anirudh Singh and Kiran Kumar were on patrolling in Varnama police station area. During that time they received a information about four persons were coming from Karwan to Por in a car without number plate after cheating a person with a promise to double the amount.
Based on the information, the police set a watch at Ankhi village and intercept the car and detain Rajesh Babubhai Makwana, Shivu Mavsang Makwana, Ibrahim Motikhan Pathan all resident of Anand and Vijaysinh Dalpatsinh Mahida from Savli. Also, while inspecting their car, they found 10 bundles of duplicate Rs 2,000 currency notes, 4 bundles of Rs 500 notes and 30 Rs 100 notes from various bags kept in the car. Police seized Rs 2,56,000 in suspicious currency notes. Police also seized the without number plate car and four mobiles from the accused and registered case against them.
In the police investigation, the gang was found to be cheating the greedy men by offering them to double the money. The gang used to call the person who wanted to double the money to a secluded place with cash and pretended to perform rituals there. At the same time, one member of the gang comes there pretend as police and threaten the person. In fear the person left and the gang collect the money and fled from there.
The police investigation has also revealed that, on January 6, the gang swindled millions of rupees by offering double the amount in the Rajpipla police station jurisdiction. A complaint in this regard has been registered at Rajpipla police station. The process is on to handover the arrested gang to Rajpipla police.
An investigation by the District Local Crime Branch has also revealed that Rajesh Makwana and Vijaysinh Mahida were booked at the Idar police station in Sabarkantha district in 2017 for cheating in same manner. A case has been registered at the Varnama police station and further investigation is on in the matter.