Assam police had on Saturday busted a racket in connection with a scam through Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) that used to dupe money off Insurance companies through fake claims.
MACT is a tribunal set by section 165 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 under the direct jurisdiction of the Gauhati High Court in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram that deals in claims relating to compensation in respect of accident involving the death of, or bodily injury to, person arising out of the use of motor vehicles or damages to any property of a third party so arising or both.
Six persons including two women lawyers and one insurance company’s investigating official have been arrested by police in Rangia of lower Assam in this connection.
While Dharitri Talukdar and Nilima Bhattacharya, the two lawyers were arrested along with insurance agent Tapan Kalita and driver Umesh Boro, the last two pawns in the scam the investigating officer of United India Insurance Dinesh Haloi and another of its agent Hemanta Das were also picked up by police.
The scam came to light when Kamrup additional SP Sanjib Kumar Saikia arrested an official of United India Insurance who was caught submitting fake documents last October 13 for an accident claim for a vehicle registered in Rangia of Kamrup Rural.
In further investigation, Rangia police found fake MACT seals, fake police reports, medical certificates, and claims of fake accidents of non-existent vehicles.
Revealing the modus operandi, police said, ” The racket used to pick up random police cases of thana and report a vehicle accident based on those. The investigation officer for the Insurance company would provide a botched investigation report and based on that, the agents will push for claims in the Tribunal. The lawyers would pass those reports through the Tribunal and the agents will claim money from the Insurance company showing the Tribunal’s ruling,” a Rangia police said.
The case that came to light after Kamrup Rural ASP’s revelation was a molestation case of a minor that, the racket showed the Tribunal as an accident case.
Two vehicles — a Toyota Innova and a Swift Desire — have also been seized in this connection.
“The quantum of the scam cannot be said yet, but this is not the first case by this racket. We are looking into other cases handled by this racket,” Rangia police said.