The Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch Police on Friday arrested two fraudsters, who posed as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and a Public Works Department engineer to deceive more than 1 crore of rupees from an industrialist based in New Delhi.
The defendants identified as Suryamani Tripathy and Amit Kumar from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar were then remanded in custody. Research is underway to arrest another person, Rajesh Gahlot, also implicated in the crime.
The duo were arrested based on the complaint of Rikab Chand Munot, owner of Rashtriya Stainless Steel, Jindal House, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi.
While Gahlot was posing as an official of the Research Analytical Wing (RAW), the arrested duo made the victim understand that they were all Indian officials and PWD engineers. The duo assured the plaintiff and his son to help them secure high-value public works orders under “Pradhan Mantree Yojana” in Odisha. The unsuspecting plaintiff then transferred Rs 1.17 crore to the bank accounts of the accused duo.
While Suryamani is a former clerk in the Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET) office in Cuttack, Amit is currently unemployed. To take the industrialist for a tour, they also recorded the cell phone numbers of senior IAS, IPS, OAS and judge officials on their phones to impress people, officials said. from EOW.
“The businessman and his son were promised high value government contracts / work orders under Pradhan Mantri Yojana in Odisha. In 2018, the accused Suryamani called them to EIC, Nirman Soudha in Bhubaneswar to execute a deal with PWD. Later, Suryamani introduced them to Amit as an engineer with PWD, ”EOW said in a statement.
“The accused Suryamani handed two work orders to the complainant, allegedly issued by the assistant engineer, EIC (Civil) Nirman Soudha for a contract value of Rs 3 and Rs 4 crore on March 15, 2018. On August 21, 2018, the accused handed over two work orders with a contractual value of Rs 32.52 crore and Rs 47.52 crore and asked the complainant to pay money under the pretext of speeding up the process, ”the statement said.
However, the “inventive” fraud was discovered after Suryamani issued a fake letter, allegedly signed by EIC (Civil) accountant Nirman Soudha to a private bank for the transfer of Rs 4.68 crore to the plaintiff’s company for the payment of an advance of 20%. against the work order.
It can be recalled here that the EOW had recently arrested a man, who was posing as an official of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to deceive a couple in Puri by making a fictitious deal for the sale of the ITDC hotel. Nilachal Ashok in the pilgrimage town. by Puri.