Hyderabad : The sleuths of Special Operations Team, Malkajgiri Zone, alongwith local police apprehended one Soumen Banerjee of Kolkata for cheating people under the guise of customs officer and collected more than Rs five crores promising them them gold coins and 30% interest on investments. Seized fake customs officer identity card, Aadhar cards, Voter ID cards, stamps, One Lakh cash and mobile phone from his possession.
Soumen Banerjee, aged 43 years, Occ: Security supervisor R/O Kousalya Ganga, Puri District, Orissa, N/O Antila Village, Bagnan P.S, Uluberia Dist. West Bengal. In the year 2013, after committing cheating at native village he was absconding along with his wife Suparna Banerjee and son Susovan Banerjee. He came to Chengicherla at Medipally and introduced himself as customs officer working at Vizag port and informed to the local residents that during raids they seize gold biscuits from the passengers who carry without bills and the same are seized by them and he can provide them at 50% rate and informed in locality to pay the money in advance to get gold coins. Believing him people started investing money for purchasing gold biscuits for lesser price. Initially he provided them gold coins to gain confidence of the public and collected cores of rupees from them. He also established grocery firms at three places Two at Chengicherla and One at Marredpally only with a intention to cheat the banks for obtaining loans. He took bank loans from private banks and purchased Two villas, two cars and three two wheelers. He asked the public to invest money in his business firms and he will pay them 30% interest and initially he has paid 30% interest to the investors and on coming to know about this, people started investing lakhs of rupees in his business firms for the sake of interest. He collected cores of rupees from the public.
On 31.01.2017, he gave a shock to his investors by absconding without giving any intimation. He switched off all his mobiles phones, collected all his valuables and escaped in his Maruthi Ertiga vehicle. People lodged complaint in Medipally police station and a case was registered against him. The special operations team started hunting for his whereabouts. articles.On a tip of, the SOT Malkajgiri team apprehended the absconding accused Soumen Benerjee and handed over to Medipally Police Station for further investigation.(NSS)