Ahmedabad: The Sabarkantha Police SOG (Special Operations Group) on Friday arrested and brought the mastermind behind an ATM card fraud Tiku Mandal to Himmatnagar from Jamtora after the investigation of the case led them to Jharkhand. Tiku and three of his accomplices had siphoned off Rs84,993 from Prakash Vaghela's bank account on the pretext of getting his Aadhaar linked to his bank account.

Prakash Vaghela had recieved a phone call from an unknown person posing as a banker from his bank. Vaghela was convinced to give out his ATM/Debit card details to the person on the other side and within sometime Rs84,993 was withdrawn from his account. The police registered a complaint and had begun investigation which first led them to three people in Surat with the help of transfer gateway. The police took one of the accused with them to Jharkhand when it was revealed during the questioning that their mastermind was in Jamtora, a place infamous for several cyber crime activities, including phishing. The SOG that arrested Tiku from Jamtora was led by sub-inspector Sanjay Parmar and got help from the local police too. Tiku was produced at a local court and on a transit remand of four days, he was brought to Sabarkantha in Gujarat for investigation.

Parmar said, “After arresting three in relation to the fraud, our investigation led us to Jharkhand where we arrested Tiku Mandal. Mandal was the mastermind of the racket who used to call people pretending to be a banker and would convince them to give their banking details, which he then used to siphon off money from their accounts. He was produced at the Jamtora court first for the two old cases that were pending against him. Mandal has confessed of conning about 100 people of Rs.50 lakhs of their money so far." He used to threaten people of their account getting blocked if they didn't link their Aadhaar with their bank accounts, which used to work on the victims," Parmar added.