Fake voter IDs, bank passbooks and chequebooks, debit cards and SIM cards that the gang used to swindle people in Ranchi, at the SSP's office on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
A 21-year-old civil service aspirant and his father have been arrested in Ranchi, along with four others, for orchestrating bank frauds with the help of forged documents.
They all are natives of Nawada district in Bihar, but live on rent in the state capital.
Police nabbed Nitish Kumar, his father Sanjay Prasad (43) and the others from various parts of the capital between Wednesday and Thursday. As many as 19 fake voter ID cards, 23 phoney driving licences, 14 SIM cards, nine bank passbooks, eight chequebooks and nine debit cards on them, besides motorbikes.
SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said Nitish, a private tutor who was also studying to crack the UPSC, was the mastermind of the swindle gang. "He was arrested following a tip-off on Wednesday morning from the Bariatu branch of Canara Bank when he was trying to open yet another account with forged ID."
The others were arrested between night and dawn from Irgu Toli and Vidyanagar, both in Sukhdeonagar police station area of Ranchi. Besides Prasad, the four have been identified as Pintu Kumar (20), Monu Kumar (20), Rakesh Kumar (20) and Ravi Kumar Sahu (25), all residents of Chakvai village in Barsliganj police station area of Nawada.
The SSP said the breakthrough came because a team under Sadar DSP Vikas Chandra Shrivastava and Tiger Mobile personnel co-ordinated the crackdown.
DSP Shrivastava explained how the gang led by Nitish conned unsuspecting people. "They opened several fake bank accounts. Next, the gang members called people to tell them about lottery wins and asked for token deposits to claim the prize, which was either car or cash. Many people walked into the trap and made deposits in the said accounts. The money was withdrawn by the gang from ATMs using debit cards."
The DSP added that Nitish also deposited forged bank cheques in the fake accounts and the money was withdrawn once the cheques were cleared.