GUWAHATI, June 23 � As part of its drive against fraudulent financial institutions, the Assam Police arrested a person responsible for duping a large number of people of Assam with false promises, from Kolkata and he was brought to the State to face trial.
Police sources told The Assam Tribune that one Purojit Ghosh of Kolkata formed a company named Global Financial Services and issued advertisements in various newspapers promising that the company would provide easy loans for setting up industries. The company also appointed an agent in Guwahati, but most of the dealings took place in Kolkata.
Sources said that those who applied for loans were called to Kolkata and charged Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh as service tax for the loans applied for. But no loan amount was disbursed and though a number of cheques were issued, all those bounced.
The same person also formed another company PR Global Networking Services with its headquarter in Kolkata and duped a number of gullible people of Assam.
A team from the Bureau of Investigation of Economic Offences (BIEO) of the Assam Police headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police was sent to Kolkata and the team, with the help of Kolkata Police, managed to arrest Purojit. However, two of his associates managed to escape.
Purojit was brought to Guwahati to face trial and is kept in the lock-up of the Panbazar Police Station. He was produced in the court and remanded to police custody for five days. Sources expressed the hope that questioning of Purojit would lead to unearthing of vital information regarding the activities of the fraudulent financial company. So far, the police have not been able to ascertain the amount of money collected by the financial company from the State and only interrogation of the arrested person and a thorough check of the documents seized would ascertain the facts.
Sources said during the visit to Kolkata, the BIEO team also seized documents of a number of other such financial companies like Amrit Projects Limited and Torsha Cheat Funds as those companies were also involved in cheating people of Assam promising higher returns against their deposits.