Cops bust interstate gang involved in issuing fake royalty and e-TP receipts

Special Correspondent

The CRIME branch of the municipal police arrested six people and booked 23 others after busting an interstate racket that issued fake fee receipts and electronic pass cards (e-TPs) to the sand mafia in Vidarbha.

The racketeers whose cops seized 22 trucks and dumpsters, 32 mobile phones and 872 fake e-TPs worth a collective Rs 3.96 crore were causing huge losses to the state treasury.

Those arrested by the Crime Branch team were identified as Akshay Raju Gaat (25), a resident of Plot No. 26, New Diamond Nagar, near Gajanan Kirana Shops, Kharbi Road; Jitendra Rangraoji Hazare (33), resident of

Land No. 02, Ravi Palace, Ramkrishna Nagar, Umrer Road, Dighori; Roshan Moreshwar Patil (32), resident of plot no. 51, Vakilpeth; Sumit Chandrabhan Kamble (30), a resident of plot no. 25, Rashtra Sant Nagar, Gargoti region, Dighori; Rahul Tukaram Dhok (28), resident of Lot No. 22, Pipla, Beltarodi, and Lokesh Govinlal Jain (33), resident of Lot No. 18, Abha Colony, Bharatwada. The police took them to court and obtained a five-day remand for questioning in custody.

Others reserved include Mastermind Rahul Naresh Khanna, Biswa Ashok Kumar Ranjan Das, Rajendra Singh Bhagwan Singh (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh), Surendra Vithoba Sawarkar, Piyush Rajendra Burde, Ishan Lahukumar Bangde, Rupesh Gajanan Rokde, Amit Lekhraj Rai (Khapa ), Ashish Mulchand Gaur, Mahesh Chandraprakash Chakole, Laxmikant Dashrath Satpute, Chandrashekhar Ganesh Kamdar, Praful Shivdas Kapse, Vinod Radheshyam Gupta, Ravindra aka Dadu Motilal Kolte (Saoner), Devendra Dhanraji Thakre (Zingabai Takli), Rahul Durwasrao Jangde (Indra Nagar, Hudkeshwar), Sanjay Sitaram Lanjewar (Bhanegaon, Khaperkheda), Rahul Mangruji Wadia (Khedi, Betul District, MP), Ayush Ajay Trivedi (Kamptee), Deepak Sanjay Panjalu (Panjara, Koradi), Sharad Kisanlal Rai (Patansawangi) and Mukesh Nanaji Patle (Koradi). Earlier, cops had arrested mastermind Rahul Khanna from Bhopal. Following a complaint filed by Santosh Gaikwad (43), a resident of Friends Colony. Gaikwad had demonstrated the racketeering modus operandi to the police. He had transferred Rs 9,900 to Khanna from PhonePe app for providing royalty papers and transport permit for sand mined from a sand ghat located in Narsinghpur district, MP. At Gaikwad’s request, Khanna prepared fake royalty receipts and e-TPs and sent them to Gaikwad on WhatsApp.

Separate cases under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code, Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and Maharashtra Jamin Mahsul Sanhita have been filed against the accused at Sadar Police Station.

Investigators are now interviewing the arrested defendants to verify the names of other racketeers.

Some sand ghat contractors in the area and neighboring states are also on the Crime Branch’s radar.

The arrests were made by API Mayur Chaurasia and his team under the supervision of Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, Joint CP Aswati Dorje, Additional CP (Crime) Navindra Reddy, DCP (Detection) Chinmay Pandit and ACP Roshan Pandit.

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