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A 38-year-old man in Kolhapur arrested for duping cop of Rs 5 lakh on pretext of job for son

As per reports, the accused Kamble contacted the policeman and informed that it will take Rs 5 lakh to get his son employed, following which the police constable handed him a cheque of Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh cash on December 6, 2017.

By Rekha Joshi 
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A 38-year-old man named Prasad Kamble from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, was arrested in Mumbai for allegedly conning a police constable out of Rs 5 lakh by promising to secure a job for the constable’s son as a junior engineer with the Indian Railways. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the events:

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1. Initial Contact: Kamble got acquainted with the police constable, Tanaji Mohite, while Mohite was stationed at the DB Marg police station. Since Kamble lived in close proximity to Mohite’s residence, they became familiar with each other.

2. False Promise of Job: In November 2017, Kamble contacted Mohite and arranged a meeting at a restaurant in South Mumbai. During their conversation, Kamble learned that Mohite’s son, an engineering graduate, was searching for a job. Exploiting this opportunity, Kamble falsely claimed that he had influential connections within the government, particularly in the Mantralaya and the Railways, and could help secure a junior engineer position for Mohite’s son.

3. Financial Transaction: A few days later, Kamble approached Mohite again and informed him that it would require Rs 5 lakh to secure the job for his son. Falling for Kamble’s promises, Mohite handed over Rs 2 lakh in cash and a cheque of Rs 3 lakh to Kamble on December 6, 2017.

4. Evasion and Blocking: After receiving the money, Kamble began avoiding Mohite’s attempts to contact him. Whenever Mohite tried to reach out to Kamble, he provided vague responses. Eventually, Kamble even blocked Mohite’s phone number, making it impossible for Mohite to communicate with him.

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5. Unsuccessful Attempts to Trace: As Kamble became increasingly evasive, Mohite’s efforts to trace him proved futile. He learned that Kamble had moved from his previous residence, and Mohite even went to Kamble’s native place in Kolhapur to find him.

6. Filing a Complaint: Frustrated by Kamble’s actions, Mohite lodged a complaint with the Gamdevi police station, detailing the fraudulent transaction and Kamble’s subsequent evasion.

7. Discovery of Further Frauds: It was later revealed that Kamble, along with three accomplices, had swindled Rs 65 lakh from a doctor in Nagpada in a similar scheme. The doctor was led to believe that Kamble could secure a medical seat for his daughter in the MD course at KEM Hospital.

8. Use of Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS): Despite Kamble’s attempts to evade arrest, the police eventually located him in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. This discovery was facilitated through the Union government’s Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS), which helps integrate and share information across various law enforcement agencies.

9. Previous Arrest: Kamble had been arrested earlier by the Wadala TT police for defrauding individuals within their jurisdiction.

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This case illustrates the deceptive tactics used by fraudsters to exploit individual’s aspirations and vulnerabilities, highlighting the importance of thorough investigations and coordination among law enforcement agencies to apprehend such criminals.

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