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Jamtara and Mewat-based gangs duping kin of Covid patients needing oxygen, drugs: Delhi Police

Following complaints from folks throughout the capital that they had been allegedly duped by fraudsters, who promised to assist them with important medication for Covid-19 and medical oxygen, an preliminary probe by Delhi Police revealed that a few of them had been cheated by gangs based mostly out of Jharkhand’s Jamtara and Haryana’s Mewat.

Delhi Police spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal stated, “Calls and social media inputs are being verified and it’s observed that folks, in desperation, will not be exercising due diligence or verification earlier than transferring cash on-line to unknown individuals, who’re claiming to be oxygen or medication suppliers. Taking cognizance of such dishonest and fraud, eight FIRs have been registered at cyber cell items of the Particular Cell and at completely different police stations.”

Sources stated throughout investigation in among the circumstances, they discovered that gangs based mostly in Jamtara and Mewat are adopting progressive methods to dupe harmless folks and attempting to learn from their desperation and distress amid the pandemic. “They’re circulating their numbers after posing as family of sufferers, suppliers, and as chemists to dupe folks,” an officer stated.

Biswal stated to deal with the spurt in cyber offences, Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava on Monday directed to right away put in place a complete technique.

“A gathering of all of the district cyber crime cells and Crime Department was known as and coordinated by the CyPAD of Delhi Police. Senior officers of Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Middle of MHA and Nationwide Fee Company of India (NPCI) had been additionally current as particular invitees to help within the framing of actionable factors to debilitate the infrastructure of cyber cheats, in order that committing such crimes and enjoying with the lives of hassled residents might be constricted on an instantaneous foundation pending investigation,” he added.

Biswal stated the NPCI and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Middle have agreed to accentuate their cooperation and to freeze financial institution accounts of cyber criminals, and that SIM playing cards being utilized by them be escalated to DOT for necessary KYC in order that it turns into troublesome for criminals
to proceed with such “inhuman and prison practices”.

“All main cyber prison networks based mostly out of Jamtara, Mewat, Purulia can be underneath intense scrutiny. Most of the people is requested to lodge their complaints on this regard on and to make most use of our helpline – 155260,” he stated.

Biswal stated in view of malpractices coming to gentle lately relating to Covid sufferers being overcharged by ambulances, harassment confronted at cremation grounds, black-marketing of life saving medication, oxygen and medical articles, and dishonest and fraud in identify of supplying Covid medication or oxygen and so forth, Delhi Police urged most people to name the Covid helpline quantity – 01123469900 – to report such incidents.

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