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Dimapur police arrest accused in IRCTC scam


Dimapur, October 17: Dimapur police has arrested one person involved in IRCTC scam and duping one person from Dimapur.
According to police, a person had lodged a complaint that he was duped by one Ashutosh Srivastav, who had promised to help the complainant in getting catering services in 4 trains and also help him in establishing a bottling plant for “Rail Neer”.
Police said that Ashutosh had come into contact with the complainant (who wished not to be named), through a local person sometimes earlier this year and claiming himself to be the kin of the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), offered to help him in getting tenders passed for catering services in 4 trains.
To convince the complainant, Ashutosh had presented a cheque of Rs 10 lakhs, his PAN and Aadhaar card as security. Meanwhile, Ashutosh manipulated four tender documents for catering services and sent to the complainant through e-mail.
Ashutosh also offered to help the complainant setting up a bottling plant for ‘Rail Neer’ and asked for Rs 10 lakhs for bidding documents which was reportedly transferred to his account. However, the complainant got suspicious after the dates for tender had expired and when he enquired from his known sources in Delhi, he found that it was a fraud.
The cheque of Rs 10 lakh which was given to the complainant as security had also bounced after it was deposited in the bank.
After finding that he was duped, an FIR was lodged with Dimapur police, which began an investigation and finally arrested Ashutosh from Danapur in Bihar on October 8 and brought him to Dimapur the next day.
According to police, Ashutosh was in event management and also IRCTC. He was involved in similar cases in different parts of the country. Police has one case against him in Delhi, 2 cases each in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh and one case in Chattisgarh.
Police said that Ashutosh had duped several people to the tune of Rs 2 crores.
Meanwhile, Dimapur police has appealed to the general public to be cautious while dealing with people who offer such contracts and verify properly before making any payments to them. (Page News Service)