Published On : Thu, Oct 24th, 2013

Swindlers having a field day in the city

Fraudsters trick three persons of lakhs of rupees


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Nagpur News.

Swindlers seem to be having a field day in the city. Three persons including a 14-year-old boy were relieved of lakhs of rupees by fraudsters in separate cases of cheating.

In the first case, a 14-year-old-boy was lured into trickery and was duped of Rs 1.78 lakh by two persons posing as spiritual healers in Kotwali area on Wednesday. The boy named Ashu Anand Gumgaonkar, a resident of House No. 213, Itwari City Post Office, Khapripura, was on his way to tuition class on his bicycle when two persons stopped him in front of Phataka and Phataka Company on Central Avenue.

Posing themselves as spiritual healers, they said that black magic was done on his mother’s gold ornaments, which can be a threat to her life. They then persuaded Ashu to bring his mother’s gold ornaments to ward off the evil. Ashu brought the ornaments worth Rs 1.78 lakh and handed them over to the tricksters, who fled away with the gold.

On discovering that he has been cheated, Ashu informed his parents who lodged a complaint with Kotawali Police Station against the unidentified persons. Cops have registered a case under Sections 420 and 34 of the IPC.

In the second instance, a couple duped a woman and others of Rs 3.15 lakh under Jaripatka Police Station area. According to information, the fraud took place between June 2012 and January 15, 2013. The complainant Asha Nanak Dongre (45), a resident of Plot No. 465, Kabir Nagar, was lured into getting a job in police for her son. The accused Ranjana Virendra Karade, neighbour of Asha, told Asha that her husband Virendra can help her son get a job in police department and demanded Rs 3 lakh for the purpose.

Trusting the couple, Asha gave them Rs 1 lakh. After getting the money, Karade couple started ignoring Asha which alarmed her. On the complaint of Asha, Jaripatka police booked Karade couple, residents of Plot No. 36, Tajuddin Baba Society, Jaripatka and registered a case under Section 420 and 34 of the IPC.

During preliminary investigations, it came to fore that Karade couple had similarly deceived other people also to the tune of Rs 2.15 lakh. Cops have started search for the accused couple.

In the third case, MIDC police have booked another fraudster who cheated a youth of Rs 2.92 lakh on the pretext of getting him a job in the Department of Water Resources. Police said that the fraud took place between October 19 and October 23.

As per information, the accused Avinash Bhendare alias Santosh Damodarrao Porte (30), a native of Navegaon, Chamosi tehsil, in Gondia district, told the complainant Sharad Dayaram Aathawale (27) that he worked at the house of Chief Manager in Department of Water Resources. Avinash told Sharad that he could get him a job of junior clerk in the department if he pays Rs 4 lakh to him.

Sharad, who was in need of a job, agreed to give him the money and even paid Rs 2.92 lakh to Avinash in front of his brother-in-law Dhanraj Deorao Sontakke. The deal took place at Plot No 13, 14, Bengali layout, Ahilya layout, Jaitala. Sharad then left with Avinash on his Bajaj Pulsar bike (MH 31 BN 886). Avinash asked Sharad to stop near Ravi Nagar and told him to wait for him. However, he did not turn up thereafter leaving Sharad in the lurch.

After realising that he has been tricked, Sharad, a native of Khairiteli, Bhawad, Paoni taluka, Bhandara, lodged a complaint with MIDC police who booked Avinash under Sections 419 and 420 of the IPC. Police have started the investigations and are searching for the fraudster.