Trader with Ahmedabad Metro scrap disposal contract arrested for fraudulently using Chip to under-weigh Scrap

AHMEDABAD: A major Metro rail project scrap underselling racket run by using an electronic chip fitted in the weigh bridge was busted on Sunday by the officials of IL&FS Engineering Company.

The company is involved in railway construction for the Metro Rail Project.

Police sources said the accused named in the FIR used to operate the chip with a remote control to show less than actual weight of the scrap being taken out of the company.

Manager of the company Subodh Naik, 42, of Vejalpur has lodged an FIR against three persons Ikrarmulla of Mayapuri, Delhi, who had the contract to buy scrap and two employees of the company, Shailendra Lodhi of Vasna and Veer Prakash Madmohanlal, who were operating the digital weigh bridge.

Inspector of Narol police station, R A Jadav said the racket was detected when Naik and the mechanic engineer noticed a truck full of scrap showing weight of only 8 tonnes.

“The FIR mentions that Ikrarmulla was given the contract for lifting up the scrap since December 2017. The FIR mentions cheating of scrap worth Rs 9 lakh. We suspect the figure could go up during the verification of documents since December 2017. The two persons arrested in the case have confessed that the chip and the remote control were given to them by Ikrarmulla of Delhi who paid them,” said ACP Chintan Teraiya.

Inspector Jadav said, “On verification they found an electronic chip in the weigh bridge. On asking Lodhi and Veerprakash they came to know that the chips were given to them by Ikrarmulla and while the trucks were being weighed they switched on the chip with a remote control, which scale down the weight from 26 tonnes to 8 tonnes.”

ACP Teraiya said they have seized the chip and have sent it for forensic examination to know how it worked. Delhi police have been informed to apprehend Ikrarmulla.