One in 21 Chinese arrested for extortion through petty lending apps
Chandigarh police said on Monday they arrested 21 people, including a Chinese national, after raids over the past 10 days for allegedly cheating and extorting money from people after tricking them into small, easy loan applications in Chandigarh and elsewhere.
The Chinese national has been identified as Wan Chenghua, 32, who lived in Greater Noida despite his visa expiring in 2021. Chenghua, according to police, arrived in India in 2019. Police identified the mastermind of the gang as a Parvaj Alam alias Jeetu Bhadana. aka Sonu Bhadana from Ranchi in Jharkhand. Investigators said Parvaj Alam was given the pseudonym Jeetu Bhadana by his Chinese teachers. The Chinese Embassy, meanwhile, was notified of Chenghua’s arrest.
(Cyber) Police Superintendent Ketan Bansal said, “We will brief and coordinate with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the investigation. The agency is likely to question the arrested Chinese national. The mastermind, Parvaj Alam, was given the pseudonym Jeetu Bhadana by his Chinese handlers. Alam planned to flee to Bangladesh. A total of five online loan applications – Hugo Loan, Cashfree, Fly Cash, Cash Coin, AA Loan – were found on Chinese servers. In India, these applications were managed by Alam, which was in direct contact with Wan Chenghua.
Police said all the men were brought before a local court and taken into custody for four days. So far, investigators have recovered Rs 17 lakh in cash, nine laptops, 41 mobile phones, a desktop computer and an expired passport, belonging to Wan Chenghua.
According to the details, the Chandigarh Police cyber cell raids were carried out in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi and Rajasthan in relation to two FIRs which had been filed by the residents of the UT, Arvind Kumar and Vinit Kumar. Arvind and Vinit in their FIRs had both claimed that they had taken easy loans ranging from Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000 and were now being blackmailed by loan companies, who were threatening to leak their nude photos turned into line and their families. In one case, the loan company allegedly sent an altered photo of one of the men to its contacts.
After receiving the complaints, a team of DSP A Venkatesh, Inspector Ranjeet Singh, Sub-Inspector KD Singh, Chief Constables Bahadur Singh, Rajinder Singh, Balwinder Singh and Constable Baljeet Singh conducted raids across the country to stop the gang.
IG (UT) Raj Kumar Singh, “During investigations, it emerged that the instant loan application was developed and operated by Chinese nationals on servers based in China. Additionally, Chinese nationals targeted and lured people from India and hired them with a specific salary for call center jobs.Indians were trained to blackmail people through online loan applications.Men learned how to use force, blackmail and threats to get people to return money loaned to them.In some states, some incidents of people allegedly dying by suicide have been recorded after their transformed nude photos were released on social networks. social networks by these loan officers.
Police said users must allow these lending apps to access contacts, photos and videos from the installer’s phone. This was later used as a tool to blackmail people.
The arrested suspects were identified as Lekh Raj Bairwa from Rajasthan, Anshul Kumar from UP, Manish Raj from Delhi, Sandeep from Delhi, Gyandeep from Rewari in Haryana, Ashish Kumar Tanwar from Mahendergarh in Haryana, Deepak Chand , Saurav Jha, Manvender Raghav of the South. West Delhi, Hemant Kumar from New Delhi, Neeraj Singh from UP, Om Parkash Jha from Bihar, Manjit Kumar from UP, Uttam Malik from Orissa, Ashish Mishra from Khushinagar in UP, Vikash Mahto from Bihar, Rajesh Kumar from Berhampur in UP, Rajiv Kumar of Gazipur in UP, and the Wan Chenghua of Greater Noida.