Interstate gang's kingpin held for fleecing kin of Covid patients searching for oxygen

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New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) The kingpin of an interstate gang has been arrested for allegedly duping kin of Covid patients on the pretext of providing oxygen cylinders, police said on Sunday.

Chhotu Choudhary was nabbed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch from Nalanda in Bihar based on the disclosure of four other gang members who were arrested in May, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Monika Bhardwaj said during interrogation, Chaudhary revealed that he along with his partner Manoj Mahto has been operating the gang for the last two to three years and had engaged 200-300 people of his area for the operation.

During the pandemic, when there was a rising demand for oxygen cylinders and concentrators, Chaudhary found an opportunity and started cheating people on the pretext of selling them cylinders.

The officer said each person in Chaudhary's gang had been given specific task. While one of them arranged bank accounts to receive the cheated money, others opened them on the basis of forged credentials, taking a cut of Rs 25,000 for each account.

The accused used forged pre-activated SIM cards of different areas for cheating, police said. PTI AMP TDS TDS

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