A local court in Maharashtra`s Thane district sentenced a former corporator of Navi Mumbai civic body to two years of rigorous imprisonment for beating up two staffers of a state-run power company.

Assistant sessions judge K R Deshpande Monday convicted Mukund Vishwasrao of charges under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code, PTI reported. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him.

Additional public prosecutor E B Dhamal told the court that on April 14, 2017, two linemen from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had gone to a housing society in Vashi to attend to a fault in the power supply.

The accused who was present at the spot verbally abused, manhandled and punched the duo, he said.

In a separate incident, Navi Mumbai police arrested a 35-year-old chartered accountant from Pune for allegedly cheating people of lakhs through “task” fraud, an official said on Tuesday.

The police apprehended Akash Umesh Pandey, a chartered accountant with a private firm, from Lohegaon in Pune on November 4 in a case registered against him under section 420 (cheating) and other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act, senior inspector Gajanan Kadam of the cyber police station said.

The police had received a complaint from a Navi Mumbai resident who allegedly lost Rs 17 lakh after performing various tasks online as instructed by the accused between August 9 and 14, he said.

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The police traced the bank account in which the money was deposited and the phone number connected to the transactions. The police froze the bank accounts and zeroed in on the accused in Pune, the official said.

Pandey, along with his associates in Delhi, was involved in four similar offences in Maharashtra and had 21 cyber cases in other states, he said.

The cyber police have frozen Rs 5.9 lakh deposited in different bank accounts operated by the arrested accused, the official said. (With inputs from PTI)

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