Mastermind still on the run; gang ‘hired’ DSLR cameras from the affected youths on the pretext of paying them a ‘hiring charge’ but kept postponing payments
Guwahati: In a major breakthrough, the police have successfully managed to bust a major DSLR camera racket that was ongoing on in Assam’s Sivasagar district for a long time.
As per sources, the miscreants hired a total of 55 DSLR cameras belonging to nearly 25 unemployed youths from the district in the pretext of paying them a ‘hiring charge’ on a daily basis.
The affected youths registered a complaint at Sivasagar Sadar police station on September 27, against the mastermind of the racket, identified as Santanu Saikia, on suspicion after he allegedly stopped responding to calls from them. After lodging the complaint, the victims also handed over two accomplices of Saikia, identified as Imran alias Prince Hussain and Minhaj Borah, to the cops.
Speaking on the incident, a local youth and a victim of the racket said that Saikia, who is native of Duliapar locality of the district, hired his Canon 5D Mark 2 camera in the month of June this year with the promise of giving him a hiring charge on a regular basis. However, Saikia allegedly kept postponing all his payments. He further revealed that upon asking him to return his camera, Saikia allegedly refused to do it.
“He hired nearly 55 DSLR cameras from many other youths of the district and nearby areas promising them a hiring charge,” another victim added.
After initial interrogation of Hussain and Bora, the cops found out that the trio were planning to sell the purloined DSLR cameras worth more than Rs 1 crore.
Meanwhile, following the leads received from initial interrogation, a team of district police, led by Investigation officer Loknath Basumatary, on Monday conducted a raid at Na Ali area and successfully managed to recover a total of 48 DSLRs cameras from Hussain’s residence.
The cops produced Hussain and Bora at the district court on Monday and took them into three-day judicial custody for further interrogation and whereabouts of the remaining nine missing DSLR cameras.
However, Saikia, the mastermind of the racket, is still on a run.