Dharavi police have arrested a 45-year-old woman, believed to be the mastermind behind a scam where she allegedly promised to double investors' money within a few months. Many women in Dharavi have been allegedly duped by the accused and five of her associates, out of which three were arrested last month.
According to the police, accused Rani Durairaj Perimba was arrested from a restaurant in Ghatkopar after Dharavi police laid a trap on Saturday. The complainants in the case allege that Perimba promised to double their money by investing in real estate since 2012 and even gave out the initial interest payment to gain people's trust. As word about her reliability started to spread, more women approached Perimba with their hard-earned money to get quick returns. However, in February, Perimba went missing from the area with the entire booty, after which the victims approached Dharavi police station and registered a case against Perimba and five others.
The police laid a trap at Ghatkopar by passing on a message to Perimba through one of her trusted friends that there were more women who wanted to invest their money in the scheme and were keen to meet her to handover the money. Perimba was informed of the venue and the time of the meeting, and when she came to collect the money, the police waiting plain clothes arrested her.
Deputy Commissioner of police (Zone V), Dhananjay Kulkarni said "Till now, 10 women have approached us who were collectively duped of a sum of Rs1.25 crore. We suspect an equal number of women have been cheated and the amount could escalate to around 2.5 crore."
He further added, "The accused promised that the money would be doubled in three to four months," said Kulkarni. Perimba, who was at large, was arrested on Saturday and police are on the lookout for a male accomplice and another female accomplice in this regard.
A month ago, Dharavi police had arrested three accused, identified as Mrs Ronak Shaikh, Mohammed Taukir Shaikh and Mohammed Tanvir Shaikh, for allegedly being part of the racket. Last Thursday, a group of 10 women approached Dharavi police station to register fresh complaint against the accused.