One Held for Robbing College Professor in Kolkata

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Kolkata: The police on Thursday arrested one person on the charge of cheating a college professor over Rs 2 lakh using her debit and credit cards. Dinesh Agarwal alias Munna was arrested from a housing estate in Rajarhat near here following an FIR by Prof Krishna Mitra of Vidyasagar College here, police said.

“The accused entered the college last November during office hours and managed to lift the hand bag of the complainant from the staff room of Vidyasagar College. He withdrew Rs 1,80,000 from an ATM and purchased goods and gold ornaments worth Rs 60,000 from various shops with her debit and credit cards. He got the cards’ PIN from her mobile phone which too was in the stolen handbag,” a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.

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“The woman (professor) was not sure about Agarwal’s identity. She only had a brief idea about this person. We nabbed him after a lengthy work,” he said. Agarwal, a ‘most wanted’ person, was accused in around 200 such cases in and outside the state and most of his victims were women, he said, adding that he leads a high-end lifestyle by cheating others in the same way.

“His son is studying in one of the top schools in the city and his wife is a law graduate. His has friends in high positions of the society,” the officer said. Asked whether the accused was working with a gang, he said, “Going by the nature of crime, it seems he was working alone… We are looking into it.”

Kolkata Police’s Anti-Bank fraud identified the 40-year-old man from CCTV footage of various shops and other places and information provided by sources. When produced before a city court, Agarwal was remanded to judicial custody till June 20.