K M Dayashankar
Gang cheated more than 30 miners and collected over Rs 1.81 crore
Only four miners lodged complaint with police
PEDDAPALLI: Three members of a gang involved in cheating the gullible Singareni coal miners promising jobs to their wards after medical their invalidation and swindled off more than Rs 1.81 crore by cheating around 30 miners and others.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Mancherial town on Wednesday, Mancherial ACP Akhil Mahajan said that they had arrested Maragoni Srinivas Goud (42), Nakka Raja Gnana Sagar (57) and Gusukonda Ravikanth Sharma (44) all hailing from different parts of Hyderabad. Srinivas Goud, a native of Ramagiri mandal in the district incurred huge losses while running a hotel and as auto-rickshaw driver and migrated to Hyderabad. Goud met Ravikanth Sharma in Hyderabad.
Once Goud went to Osmania hospital to help the treatment of a Singareni employee. During the period, they both hatched a plan to cheat the Singareni miners in the name of providing employment to their wards by issuing medcial unfit certificates. Both have informed the same to Nakka Raja Gnana Sagar, who also agreed for the plan.
Accordingly, they started cheating the miners by collecting anywhere from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs promising jobs to their children by issuing medical unfit certificates. They cheated the miners in CCS Naspur, Mancherial and Mandamarri regions. Only four miners have lodged a complaint with the police about being cheated by the gang. More than 25 other miners had not even lodged any complaint and were deceived by the gang.
The police recovered their cellular phones, visiting cards in the name of all India Human Rights, Sri Yadagiri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy traders, ATM cards of various banks etc. The ACP appreciated the ASI Jitender and PC Tirupathi for their active role in the detection of the case. Inspector T Sanjeev, SI T Srinivas and others were also present.