GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - The BIEO has arrested two persons on charges of duping several innocent persons across Assam of money to the tune of several lakhs of rupees in connivance with the directors of a dubious company.
The accused are Ranjan Aich of Tangla and Ranjit Hazarika of Majuli. They were working for the city-based Quantone Traders Pvt Ltd.
BIEO Additional Superintendent of Police Purabi Mazumdar said the victims were lured to the office of the company at Bora Service here and made to enter into an agreement of sub-distributorship of card swipe machines. The victims were assured of huge profits by smart talk and use of leaflets carrying pictures of the Prime Minister and other VVIPs and made to hand over their hard-earned money to the company for purchase of so-called ATM swipe machines.
The victims were told that for each swipe a customer makes, an amount of Rs 1 to 5 was supposed to enter into their bank accounts. However, months elapsed but no money entered into the accounts of the victims, nor any delivery of ATM swipe machines for marketing was done.
"The people who invested their money started demanding their money back. At that point, the directors fled closing their office," Mazumdar said. The fraud took place in the year 2017-18.
Most of the victims belong to small towns and far-flung areas of Assam.
While it is estimated that the total money collected from the victims could be over Rs 50 lakh. BIEO is looking for the two directors of the company who are based in West Bengal and more arrests in the case are likely.
The accused have been booked under section 120(b)/420/406 IPC R/W sec 4/5/6 of PC&MCS (b) Act & section 5 of APID Act.