PUNE: Anil Kamble (35) has a predilection for duping people, with 11 cheating cases against his name in the last eight years. Surprisingly, he is none too despairing when he is caught by the police, usually rather easily. For, Kamble is homeless and a kidney patient too, and where better than jail to get free food and regular dialysis.
Senior inspector Balkrushna Kadam said, “Kamble dupes people to get money to fund his kidney ailment. Each time, he would get his victims to make money transfers through the UPI app so that the police could easy track him down. Once arrested, he starts receiving free dialysis treatment. He continues to get free treatment at hospital while under judicial or magisterial custody.”
Inspector Ashwini Satpute of the Bund Garden police station, where the latest case of cheating has been registered against the criminal, said, “Kamble was at Yerawada jail till August 3. He then duped the prison guard, following which he was arrested and later released on bail on August 20. Kamble then duped a patient undergoing treatment at Sassoon hospital of Rs6,300 by posing as its chief medical officer (CMO) and claiming that the money was needed for medicines and treatment.”
Dr Parag Varade, the hospital’s CMO, lodged a complaint with the Bund Garden police. Kamble was again arrested on Thursday. Satpute said, “We arrested Kamble from a lodge on Laxmi Road and took him to a hospital for an examination. Later in the evening, we produced him before a city court, which remanded him in judicial custody. He has been shifted to Sassoon hospital.”
Earlier, Kamble was arrested on August 18 on the charge of duping a woman guard at the Yerawada jail of Rs10,000.
Senior PI Kadam said, “Kamble keenly observes the mannerism of people. When at a police station, he observes senior officers. When in hospital, he observes how doctors speak. He then calls his possible victims in the same manner after securing their phone numbers and dupes them.”