Express press service
PATNA: Criminals have gone high-tech in Bihar. Banka police came across a criminal gang asking victims to pay through Google Pe or any other e-wallet.
The criminal gang’s new modus operandi was revealed when seven of its 10 members were arrested on Monday in connection with a highway robbery case filed at Rajaun police station.
The victim, in his complaint, said the thieves forced him to transfer money from his bank account through Google Pe after he was lying near the Jitnagar hills below the Rajaun police station last week.
Two similar incidents were reported in areas within the boundaries of Amarpur police station in which victims were forced to pay through Google Pe after being robbed of other property.
Banka Police Superintendent Arvind Kumar Gupta said three frequent incidents of thefts on the road alerted the police. Subsequently, a task force led by Deputy Superintendent of Police DC Srivastava was formed to solve the case. During the investigation, it emerged that a certain Shakti Yadav had started a new gang after being released from prison in a murder case about two months ago. Seven members of the gang have so far been arrested.
The SP said gang members used to move to other cities to avoid arrest. Some of the gang members were from nearby Bhagalpur district, he said.
During questioning, the arrested members confessed to the crime and revealed that money had been transferred from the victim’s accounts via Google Pe. In some cases, they used the victims’ ATMs to withdraw money.