Junwei was in Hyderabad for two years and he even had a PAN card and a bank account here. Telangana police are waiting for an interrogation report from West Bengal Special Task Force (STF) on Junwei to decide on future course of action.
Three days after his arrest, a BSF team found some documents thrown in Sultanpur border area by Junwei. “We found an SBI ATM card of an account belonging to a branch in Telangana and PAN card. The evidence was handed over to West Bengal police,” BSF DIG Surjeet S Guleria said. Junwei (36) was caught while trying to illegally enter India through Bangladesh. A Chinese passport with Bangladesh business visa was found in his possession.
Junwei was intially interrogated by Malda district police before the STF took over the probe recently. Malda district SP Alok Rajoria said Junwei confessed that he was connected to a private company registered in Hyderabad. “We had very little time talking to him. During the interrogation, he mentioned that he has links to a Hyderabad-based company,” the SP said.
Meanwhile, Telangana Intelligence sleuths verified the status of the private company Junwei had mentioned to West Bengal police. “The company was registered with Pahadisharif area address. It is a shell firm. We knew Junwei was in Hyderabad for about two years,” a senior state police official said.
His associate Prashant Kumar Pottelli of Vikarabad was arrested by Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), Lucknow. “We suspect that they were involved in some financial fraud. Once we get details of interrogation from West Bengal police, we will decide about the future course of action,” the police official added.
Meanwhile, ATS Lucknow sleuths are also trying to take Junwei into their custody in connection with a financial fraud case registered in January 2021. The ATS has already arrested 19 persons, including Prashant Kumar and three other Chinese nationals.
“We have arrested Prashant Kumar from Telangana. He is currently in judicial custody in a case pertaining to financial fraud. Once West Bengal STF’s custody is over, we will seek Junwei’s custody in our case,” Lucknow ATS inspector general GK Goswami said.
Police said Junwei was involved in procurement of 1,300 pre-activated Indian SIM cards through forged documents from SIM card sellers in Chandausi and Hasanpur towns of Uttar Pradesh to carry out financial frauds in India.