With the help of highway cops, detectives nab a wanted man in a cheating case

A timely intervention by road traffic police helped Mumbai police apprehend a 34-year-old man, wanted in a cheating case, which they had been pursuing for more than six hours. Police say the person, who set up two fake shopping websites to scam women, escaped in a Honda City ahead of the police team from a bar in Dahisar. However, with Matunga police hot on his trail, the accused was arrested after two hours at the Manor tollbooth after road traffic police docked his vehicle.

According to the police, the arrested person has been identified as Pratik Patel. Matunga police, who were looking for Patel, said they came across a complaint filed by a woman on the national cybercrime reporting portal.

The 35-year-old, who was due to marry in May, was shopping for her wedding. She told police she came across a website named nayasacollection.club on a social media platform.

“The website offered an 80% discount on clothing. As she wanted to offer fabric pieces to the wedding guests, she added some clothes to her basket and then placed an order by making an online payment,” said an investigator from the Matunga police station.

She filed a complaint on the cyber crime website after the products she ordered were not delivered. “As the woman was from Matunga, we approached her and filed her complaint,” an officer said, adding that after preliminary investigation, the case was registered on August 10.

During the investigation, the police managed to get his contact number through an email id mentioned on the website. Investigators have since been trying to find the culprit.

“We were keeping tabs on his location which kept changing. However, on Tuesday we learned that he was at a lodge (hotel) in Dahisar,” an investigator said.

At around 2 p.m., police learned of his location, after which a team, consisting of Sub-Inspector Prashant Kamble, Constables Santosh Pawar, Kanchan Sapkale and Yashwant Ghadge, was dispatched.

The team reached the lodge at 4 p.m. “When we showed Patel’s photo to people working at the lodge, they confirmed he was staying here and escaped some time ago,” an officer said. Later, through his call data recording, the police tracked him down to a bar in Dahisar.

Another officer said: “When we entered the bar he saw us and escaped through the back door. We then showed his picture to the manager who said he left two minutes ago. When the police team went to catch him, the accused escaped in a black colored Honda City. “While chasing him, we realized that it would be difficult to catch him,” an officer said, adding, “We knew he was from Surat and would return home. So we informed the officers to road traffic police at Manor naka toll.

The police team then sent the culprit’s photo along with details of his vehicles, after which at around 8pm on Tuesday traffic police officers arrested him and took him into custody.

The police added that the accused created two social media shopping websites – nayasacollection.club and Firangi sarees – through which he cheated on women. The website often offered 80% discounts, which attracted women to the portal.