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Cyber racket busted, 10 held

Jorhat, Aug. 31: Police today busted a racket in Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts, which was planning to fraudulently withdraw about Rs 2 crore from account holders of several banks in Jorhat and Dibrugarh.

Ten members of the gang were arrested in two separate drives here and in Dibrugarh.

Police sources said four members were arrested from the Old Balibat-Marwari Patty area here in the morning where they had come in a green Nano (AS 03-H 9937).

Two laptops, two Internet card readers, four mobile handsets, several passbooks and cheque books of different banks were recovered from the accused.

The Nano has been seized.

Based on the information from the four arrested persons, a police team from Jorhat went to Dibrugarh and with the co-operation of the local police there, arrested six persons, including a bank official of the ICICI Bank.

An Innova (AS 01Y 9595) was recovered from the arrested persons in Dibrugarh.

A case (834/12) has been registered with Jorhat police station.

Sources said the gang had identified some account-holders and had gathered details about their accounts.

A police official said the racket had planned to hack into the accounts through net banking and fraudulently withdrawn the money from the accounts.

The gang was also making a website to fake their identities and lure bank customers. They had also approached a computer expert of Jorhat to assist them in their crime.

However, the expert tipped the police and the plan was foiled.

The arrested persons are Saifikul Islam (junior accounts officer of ICICI Bank, Dibrugarh), Imdad Hussain (Dibrugarh), Jai Prakash Sarmah (Dibrugarh), Partha Das (Tinsukia, but staying in Dibrugarh) Khagen Borgohain (Tinsukia), Haren Konwar (Dibrugarh), Debraj Bordoloi (Dibrugarh), Sasanka Goswami (Nazira, but staying in Jorhat), Abhijit Bora (Panichakua, Jorhat) and Siddharta Baruah (Duliajan in Dibrugarh district).