Prime accused arrested in KBC lottery fraud case

Bhubaneswar: The police have arrested the prime accused in the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) lottery fraud in which a woman daily wager had lost Rs 1.69 lakh in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district.

A special team of the Jharsuguda police arrested the accused identified as Niraj Kumar (25) from a place on Indo-Nepal border.

A daily wager family of Gandhinagar in Belpahar area of the district lost its life savings of Rs 1.69 lakh in the KBC lottery fraud.

However, the incident came to fore after the victim, Nita Chhatar, lodged a complaint at Belpahar police station.

According to reports, Nita received a call from an unknown number informing that her number has been selected in a lucky draw conducted by KBC and she has won Rs 35 lakh.

On February 24, she received another call from the same person stating that the lottery amount will be sent to her bank account for which she has to deposit Rs 18,200 in an account number.

Later, she deposited the asked amount in the account. Then, the fraudster asked her to deposit Rs 35,000, Rs 31,000 and Rs 5,000 in three installments after sending a copy of the cheque of Rs 35 lakh to her WhatsApp number.

The fraudster also informed that the original cheque will be sent to her after the money is deposited. But after waiting for several days, the cheque reached Nita as promised.