BARPETA, Sept 21 - Four persons, including a Senior Medical Officer of the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital were arrested by Barpeta Police from different parts of the district in connection with a Rs 500 crore suspected fraud case related with insurance claims.
While confirming arrest of the four persons, Barpeta district Superintendent of Police Violet Baruah said probe was under way in a large racket involving the fraud and informed that police is investigating every aspect. The entire scenario will be clear very soon, she mentioned. However, as the preliminary report suggests, the scam amount may rise to several crores of rupees.
According to information available, one Jitul Deka, secretary general of Asomiya Juva Mancha submitted a PIL in Gauhati High Court suspecting largescale fraud to the tune of Rs 500 crore in settlement of claims in the insurance companies in the State and requested a thorough enquiry into the fraud.
The SP informed that after a copy of the PIL as one of the respondent they registered a suo moto case and a senior offic er DSP (Headquarter) was entrusted the job of investigation. During the probe, several documents were seized and examined and involvement of Dr Shahidul Islam, Medical and Health Officer of FAAMC Hospital, Mafida Begum, Ismail Hussain and Ekabbar Ali came to light. A case No. 1907/2018 US 120(B)/197/198/420//406 IPC was subsequently registered against them.
It was found that one Nawab Ali died in an accident on April 14, 2014 and his death was duly registered. But surprisingly, he was shown as dead again on August 24 that year and all the documents such as police report, post mortem report and death certificate were issued. Papers of two insurance policies of LICI were also found, which were purchased after the actual death. Besides, police collected specific information about buying policies from other companies like ICICI and Bajaj Allianz through fraudulent means.
The district police head stated that charges against the accused have been framed on the basis of the documents gathered so far and the confessional statement during investigation. She also informed that more documents are still awaiting collection and forensic report will be necessary to prove them. She also suspected a wide network in this fraud and did not rule out involvement of other persons such as bank, insurance and police officers.
As police involvement is normal in a medico legal case as it needs GD Entry to conduct a post mortem, involvement of police cannot be ruled out . She added that police has already found some clues regarding involvement of their own personnel.
Meanwhile, all the accused were produced before the court today, who remanded them to seven days� custody.