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No arrest yet in Rs 22.5-crore lottery scam in Faridabad

August 09, 2018 05:42 AM

COURSTEY THET RIBUNE AUG 9

No arrest yet in Rs 22.5-crore lottery scam in Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 8

The police are yet to arrest the accused in the Rs 22.48-crore lottery scam, in which around 21,300 persons were allegedly duped.
The case registered on December 12, 2017, at Kotwali police station here. The investigation was pending as the case was transferred to the state crime bureau. The probe has begun now after being referred back to the local police, it is reported.
A case under the IPC and the Haryana Financial Deposition Act was registered against several persons, including five officials (directors) of a company named “Hello Distribution” registered as a private firm in Delhi.
A senior police official admitted that the police were yet to make a breakthrough in the case. “The police are on the job and are likely to arrest the accused soon,” said investigating officer, Sub-inspector Brahm Prakash.
In 2014-15, the accused had opened an office in the NIT area here. They had deployed several agents for collecting money from unsuspecting persons after luring them with a lottery draw each month offering motorcycles and cars. The investors, who belonged to lower middle and middle-class families, were asked to deposit Rs 1,000 each month to become eligible for the lottery scheme. After collecting a huge amount, the operators closed the office and fled in November last year.
Bhism Chauhan, Surender Atri, Vishal Beniwal, Khadak Singh and Tarun Chauhan, who had floated the company, were named as the prime accused in the FIR. The company neither had an NOC nor permission from the Finance Department to run the scheme, but used a registration number to attract investors, it has been learnt.
A 25-year-old youth, who had worked as a collection agent, had committed suicide a few months ago after investors mounted pressure on him to return more than Rs 4 lakh. Last year, people in Palwal were allegedly duped of Rs 30 crore in the garb of a lottery scheme. A man was arrested in this connection. Both scams appeared to be linked, police sources said.

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