SRINAGAR: They have duped dozens of businessmen, traders, NRIs and common people in various parts of India. They are lead by a mother-daughter duo. And they have managed to make several fake land and property deals over the past few years. The gang is now on the prowl in Jammu andKashmir.
Even though their leader duo is lodged in Srinagar’s central jail, – for having duped a Kashmiri businessman with a fake land deal worth Rs 64 lakhs in Bengaluru – the police is apprehensive that others might fall prey to the tricks of other gang members roaming around in search of possible targets.
The gang leaders – Sushila Sharma and daughter Sunita Sharma – have left a trail of fraud cases now being heard in different courts in India. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, ordered their 15-day judicial remand from June 17 after a case of deception, where a businessman from Srinagar was robbed of Rs 60 lac by them.
The owner of NLM Enterprises, Sandeep Mawa from Kashmir, told Kashmir Reader that the gang head somehow managed to contact them and had offered a land deal in Bengaluru. They offered a price just below the value of the land.
“The deal was fixed at Rs 64 lakhs, and I paid half of the amount. Later, Sushila told us to increase the amount by 50 thousand, and we agreed,” said the businessman. “But few days later, she said that we should increase the deal amount by 10 more lakhs, which we didn’t agree to and sought to cancel the deal.”
When the family asked Sushila to return their money, the woman made “petty excuses” to evade returning the amount. “Later, when we enquired more about her, we came to know that the woman is a wanted criminal and has looted dozens of people like us,” Mawa said.
Newspaper reports about the mother-daughter duo’s previous trysts with law enforcement suggest that the women also ran a prostitution racket. They have been alleged to have smuggled girls for the flesh trade, complaints of which were filed at several police stations in Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi.
As per a newspaper report in 2012, the daughter, Sunita, kept a joint police team from Mumbai and Bengaluru, which had come to arrest her, on tenterhooks for four hours by locking herself up in her Lavelle Road flat in Bengaluru.
The two had been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and been handed a fine of Rs 25,000 each by a Mumbai court. They had been accused of criminal trespass, assault and cheating by Arun Dalmia in 2004. The case was registered in Marine Drive police station.
Till then, there were 11 cases, including cheating, against Sunita in various Bengaluru police stations, including Cubbon Park, Yelahanka and Banaswadi, the news report said.
On June 26 in 2011, Sunita and four men were caught while trying to escape after packing household items from an apartment in Golden Orchids. Cubbon Park police said Sunita was trying to get the flat forcibly evicted. She had sold the flat to a person from Mumbai and was trying to regain possession.