Surat Police launch mobile app to crack down on fraudulent textile traders

Surat Police launched the “Textile Suraksha Setu” app to combat the threat posed by night businesses to Surat’s textile industry on May 24.

This app, which is currently only available to Surat Police, allows textile traders and brokers to register by entering the necessary details.

The app was developed after Surat’s textile industry was rocked by a series of fraudulent transactions. In one such incident, two individuals, Dharmesh Patel and Manoj Mawani, were tricked out of Rs 21.53 crores worth of textile fabric by a gang of eight people.

Patel and Mawani filed charges on May 14, following which Jitendra Mangukia, then arrested Azim Penwala and Dixit Miyani were arrested on May 16. Police are looking for the other five defendants.

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Similarly, on May 25, a total of nine complaints were filed against a gang of fraudsters for tricking traders into
the height of 71.39 lakhs.

Following these incidents, Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Tomar held a meeting with textile traders and asked a private software developer to create Textile Suraksha Setu application software, to put a tab on these scammers.

Surat Mercantile Association, a body of textile traders, President Narendra Saboo said, “There are over 65,000 textile trading shops in 170 textile trading markets in Surat which have an annual turnover of Rs. 80,000 crore. Majority of the textile traders are genuine traders while few of them engage in such unethical activities resulting in the financial loss of more than hundreds of crores for the traders.

Salabatpura police station personnel in Surat started contacting the presidents of the various textile markets to collect the contact details of all the textile traders, who submitted copies of their rental contracts to them.

Salabatpura Police Inspector AA Chaudhari said: “Usually individual market chairpersons have data on shop owners so we have started collecting the details and putting them into the software prepared by a company. private. It is difficult for us to reach every store in the market as the stores vary. Some marketplaces have 250 stores, some have over 2,000 stores, but they must share a copy of the agreement with the marketplace president.

“There are more than 170 textile markets, so it will take time to download the details. In addition to inserting data into the software, we also update if the merchant leaves stores or changes address. Our teams are in regular contact with the present and members of the different markets,” added Chaudhari.

Chaudhari also said that once the data entry work is completed, the app will be made available for users to download from the App Store and Google Playstore.

Manoj Agrawal, President of the Federation of Textile Traders Associations of Surat, said, “We are ready to assist the police in providing information on textile traders. We also have details of those who have deceived textile traders in the past, and we will provide them to the Surat police.

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