Two men arrested for defrauding inmates’ families at Bhondsi jail; Madhur Saxena, Kanishk Bhatnagar identified as accused

Gurgaon: Two individuals who were recently released on bail have been apprehended by the police for allegedly defrauding family members of inmates at Bhondsi jail. The suspects, identified as Madhur Saxena and Kanishk Bhatnagar, are both from Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh. Prior to this incident, they had been incarcerated on charges of cybercrime, with Saxena also facing additional charges of rape, cheating, and offenses under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The case against the accused was registered by Dinesh Kumar, deputy superintendent of Bhondsi jail, on November 24, after receiving a tip-off about their latest scam. The case was subsequently transferred to the Crime Branch in Sector 31 for further investigation.

The modus operandi of the crime involved taking advantage of a new system that was implemented during the pandemic to facilitate money transfers from inmates’ families when physical visits to the jail were not possible. Having been incarcerated previously, the accused were familiar with the system and decided to exploit it for their fraudulent activities.

According to PRO Subhash Boken, the accused would identify potential victims among the inmates and extract their lawyers’ contact information through the e-court system to confirm their incarceration status and gather details about their families. The suspects would then pose as prison officers, building trust and creating a sense of urgency with the inmates’ families. They would claim that their incarcerated relatives had sustained injuries in jail and needed financial assistance for medical care. Once they convinced the families, the accused would ask for online payments.

On Tuesday, an FIR was registered against the two accused under sections 420 (cheating) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. The investigation is ongoing, and more details are expected to emerge as the case progresses.

In recent news, it has been reported that jail inmates in Varanasi are weaving Banarasi saris using handlooms and dyeing silk. The prison department is collaborating with fashion designers, companies, and online shopping portals to market these products. This initiative aims to provide rehabilitation, livelihood opportunities, and entrepreneurship to prisoners after their conviction period.

In another development, two Assam Police Service officers involved in the APSC cash-for-job scam have been sent to judicial custody. The ongoing exams for APSC candidates are being conducted transparently, and the authorities assure necessary action will be taken against those implicated in the scam.

Furthermore, Ranbir Kapoor, the star of the upcoming film “Animal,” reveals that his character in the movie is a dominating lover. He discusses a scene in which planes operate on autopilot during a song sequence, emphasizing the director’s aim to portray the intensity of the characters’ love. Kapoor also shares that the characters in the film are heading to the mountains for their wedding, expressing his romantic appeal for flying to a special location for such an occasion. Kapoor recently tied the knot with actress Alia Bhatt and the couple now has a daughter named Raha Kapoor.

Leave a Comment