Cops reopen online fraud case, fail to make headway

The police, after a brief break, has reopened the online fraud case in which Rs 11.14 lakh of a doctor from Lakeshore hospital was siphoned off last April.

A police team led by Mulavukadu sub inspector K Vijayan is already in Hyderabad, investigating the details of bank accounts through which the money was withdrawn there. However, it is learnt that the police is struggling to zero in on the culprits as the addresses and photographs given along with all the bank accounts are fake.

“We went through the details of all the account holders. We even went to the addresses given, but our efforts were in vain as all of them were fake. We are trying our best to nab the racketeers and bring back the money,” said K Vijayan, the sub inspector.

In a case that shook the public, Dr R. Shabbir Khan of Lakeshore hospital was cheated by online racketeers, who lifted Rs 11.14 lakh from his Axis bank account.

The police had earlier busted several people from Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata, although none of them were part of the main racket. These were the ones who provided their bank accounts for the racketeers to transfer the amount and later withdraw it.

The only arrested person, who is believed to be a member of the online money-swindling mafia, was one Felix Ivdubuisi Egedigave alias David, a Nigerian, who had been serving a term in the Alipore Presidency jail in Kolkata, for another internet fraud.

Felix and one Raja Bhadra were held from Kolkata, while Atta Ur Rahman Mohammed, Sheikh Etisham alias Sheikh Hain Ali and Mirza Jaffer Baig alias Hameed were held from Hyderabad and Rohit Ravindra Bole and Ashish Ashok Dalvy from Mumbai earlier.

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