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ASI of Chetak Commando loses money to cyber thugs

| Updated: July 9, 2021 14:17

There is an incredible rise in online financial frauds, especially during the past year-and-a-half. But Sujitkumar Jani beats his predecessors under this crime! Jani aged 44 is a resident of Sector-30 in Gandhinagar and deployed as an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in unit-2 of Chetak Commando.

He was in for a surprise when on Saturday he received a message on his mobile number that an online purchase has been made through another mobile number, owned by him but is dormant since last four years. The cyber thugs made an online purchase of Rs 68,997 in two transactions and that too in December last year.

According to sources of cyber police station in Gandhinagar, Jani had then lodged an online complaint and on June 25 he was called to lodge an FIR. “We are investigating the case based on the IP log address of the device, which was used to make the online purchases,” said a police official.

According to the FIR, Jani has an EMI card in the name of his wife Rupal. The validity of the card is from January 2016 to January 2026. The FIR mentions that Jani and his family use the EMI card to make household purchases.

“The EMI card is linked with Jani’s salary account and it is registered with the mobile number owned by Jani’s wife, Rupal. But the mobile number has not been in use since 2018”, added a cyber cell official.

Cyber cell sources said that while Jani was at his office in January 2021, he got a text message from his bank, stating that online purchases worth Rs 41,869 were made in two different transactions. The FIR mentions that Jani, having not made those online purchases, went to the office of the EMI card provider.

“That is when he was informed that purchases worth Rs 68,997 were made in toto through the mobile number of his wife, which was not in use for two years in December 2020,” a cyber cell official said. A senior cyber cell official said that they lodged an offence under section 419 and 420 of IPC for cheating and section 66(d) of IT act. “We have written to the mobile service providers to give us the IP log address of the device used to make such online purchases. We are hopeful of finding the culprit soon,” he added.

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