Nagpur: Five conmen duped a furniture trader to the tune of Rs 13.50 lakh. In an unusual modus operandi, the four tricksters fooled the trader to believe that peacock feathers carry electricity current and lured him to earn commission in the business worth crores.
The complainant, Akhilesh Ramji Pandey (38), resident of Plot No. 62, Central MIDC, told police that he runs a furniture shop at Hingna Road, near Railway Crossing. The five accused Mukesh Ratanlal Gajbhiye (42) of Barse Nagar, Mohammed Ansari (40), native of Wakoli, Santacruz (Mumbai), Raju Khan (40) of Lucknow, Santosh Yadav (Lucknow) and Majid Khan (Lucknow) approached Akhilesh and “convinced” him that peacock feathers carry electricity current and he should do business of the stuff on commission basis.
The accused even showed a video of electricity flowing in peacock feathers. After winning trust of Akhilesh, the accused took him to Lucknow and lured him of 15 percent commission in the Rs 200 crore business. The accused later took Rs 13.50 lakh from Akhilesh from time to time since 16.8.2016. When Akhilesh realized that he has been fooled, he lodged a complaint with MIDC police.
API Kale registered an under Sections 406, 420, 34 of the IPC and launched a search to nab the accused.