The Crime Branch Jammu on Tuesday arrested a fraudster for duping Crores of rupees from the inhabitants of Tehsil Mendhar Poonch district and its surrounding areas on the pretext of providing different products with huge interest.
The spokesman said that a complaint was lodged at police station Mendhar District Poonch by Abdul Karim, son of Raj Mohammad, a resident of Pathanteer Mendhar and others on May 16, 2019.
The complainant alleged that accused namely Tariq Mehmood, son of Mohammad Aziz, a resident of village Chhugan Mendhar, Murtaza Ahmed, son of Mohammad Bashir, a resident of Chak Banok Trhsil Mendhar, Imtiaz Ahmed, son of Mohammad Aziz, a resident of village Chhugan Mendhar and others duped Crores of rupees from the inhabitants of Tehsil Mendhar and its surrounding areas on the pretext of providing different products with huge interest.
On receipt of the said complaint case FIR No. 70/2019 u/s 420/RPC was registered at police station Mendhar. The investigation of the case was transferred to Crime Branch, Jammu by PHQ J&K Srinagar and subsequently the investigation of the case was taken up by the Crime Branch on May 22, 2019.
Accordingly, a SIT comprising and swung into action and arrested main accused Tariq Mehmood, son of Mohammad Aziz, a resident of village Chhugan Tehsil Mendhar District Poonch.
It was later revealed that said accused is a Pharmacist and presently posted at health sub-Centre Bathoi, Mahore District Reasi who has reportedly been suspended by the authorities. The accused disclosed that he along with his other co-accused opened a company under the name of Style of “Hablas-e-Commerce Pvt. Ltd.” located at Mendhar District Poonch. The said company was opened by them in the month of February 2018 and after opening the company he along with his co-accused collected money from different individuals on the pretext of providing them various products with the huge interest of principle amount etc.
In this process, he collected huge amounts from different individuals in Crores. The accused admitted that he has committed a mistake. During interrogation, he also disclosed that out of money collected from the different individuals he has purchased a house for an amount of Rs 1.20 Crore from one Kala Bali located a Dhaki Mendhar and has also paid Rs. 1.21 Crores to Shoket Khan contractor, Rs. 40.00 lakh to Mohammad Shafi, Rs 60.00 lakh to Nissar Ahmed, Rs 30.00 to Mustafa Ahmed and Rs 35.00 lakh to Mohammad Rafiq on 10% interest etc.
Besides this, he kept about Rs 1.00 Crore with his father in law Nazir Hussain and an equal amount each with his other co-accused persons. The said accused has presently been lodged in district jail Amphala on judicial remand.
As the investigations were going, it came to fore that an accused Shazia Kouser, woman of accused Tariq Mehmood, a resident of village Chungan and Advocate Jaffar Iqbal, son of Nizam Din, a resident of Gujjar Mohallah upper Paloura Jammu were also found involved hand in gloves with accused Tariq Mehmood and others in the instant case for indulging in illegal business to extort money from the people by inducement/fraudulent means.
Both the accused persons were arrested on June 10, 2019, who are on police remand for interrogation. On disclosure of accused Shazia Kouser an amount of ten lakh were also recovered and seized which was keptunder cantonment in the residential quarter of Lecturer Mehmood Ahmed. Ahmed was also absconding.
Crime Branch has also recovered two vehicles bearing Registration No JK02CD-7851 (Jeep Campas) and JK02CE-8650 (Scorpio S-11). However, the further investigation of the case is on progress.