Pune police arrest seven illegal moneylenders within a month of helpline launch

by Team Deccan Express
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Pune : deccan express Citizens have been responding well to the helpline launched by the Pune police to address complaints regarding illegal private moneylenders. Of the 12 complaints received, cases have been filed against seven illegal moneylenders so far and they have been arrested.


Illegal moneylenders have been harassing hapless citizens by charging interest rates ranging from 5 to 50 percent per month. They financially exploit people by using tricks and force.


These moneylenders also trouble families of borrowers, if they fail to repay the loan on time. This has led to crimes in the city. After hearing about frequent complaints from citizens about such moneylenders, CP Amitabh Gupta instructed his officials to act against illegal moneylenders. The helpline 9145003100 was launched to curb illegal money lending. Citizens can also post their complaints on the same WhatsApp number. The helpline was also published on social media.


The helpline got over 12 complaints against illegal moneylenders within a month. The DCP cross-checks the complaints. Later, action is taken against illegal moneylenders. Seven illegal moneylenders have been arrested in the past one month.


An illegal moneylender from Pune rural was also caught and handed over to the Pune rural police. Action was taken against them under the Maharashtra Money-Lending (regulation) Act 2014 and under sections of the IPC.


Action is being taken by the Anti-Extortion Squad of the Pune police. The helpline is working efficiently.


When contacted, CP Amitabh Gupta said, “A drive has been launched to act against the illegal moneylenders who have been harassing citizens. A helpline number is also made available. Action is taken against culprits after verifying complaints. Action will continue against illegal money lending businesses in the city.”


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