Another ‘welfare society’ scam; AP police arrests 4

Dimapur, August 12 (MExN): Another Nagaland-registered “welfare organization” has hit the limelight yet again for all the wrong reasons. Four persons have been arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on August 11 in connection with a money circulation scheme in the name of a ‘society based’ in Dimapur.  

The four accused persons have been identified as one Subba Rao, a K Daniel, one P David Ramesh and a Pankash Sham. The four had reportedly collected money from unsuspecting individuals/investors in Nellore with promise of gainful returns, acting as agents of a government of Nagaland-registered organization called “Youth Alive Society (YAS).” They are alleged to have collected and accumulated in the process a sum estimated at around Rs. 11 crores and had decamped before they were arrested. 

The society, meanwhile has denied having any connection whatsoever with the four accused. The chairperson of YAS, Sentikumla denied authorizing any persons to collect money in the name of the organization.    

“Such unauthorized persons are collecting money for their own uses and benefit by cheating the innocent public. This is for the consumption and awareness of general public that nobody was authorized or given any authority by YAS to collect such money in the name of the said society,” the chairperson said. The objective of YAS is solely social work; it works for the uplift and recuperation of drug abuse victims, HIV and AIDS, children affected by and living with HIV, commercial sex workers, school dropouts and economically weak women, Sentikumla clarified.  

“As such anybody who deals with such illegal, fraudulent, forgery activities shall be (doing so) at their own risk and the director and chairperson of the society shall in any manner hold no responsibility or will be liable for such actions.”

According to the YAS chairperson, the arrest of the four accused came to her knowledge only on the evening of August 11. She said to have received a phone call from the Superintendent of Police of Nellore, informing of the development at the same time inquiring of the society’s connection with the four accused. 

The chairperson said that an FIR was lodged at West Police station against the four arrested individuals following the news. YAS will be resorting to a legal recourse, it is informed.