Five Nige­ri­ans among 8 held for cheating biz­man of Rs 21L

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Navi Mum­bai po­lice have ar­rested eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing five Nige­ri­ans, for al­legedly dup­ing a businessman of Rs21.65 lakh. The com­plainant was lured into or­der­ing seeds that sup­pos­edly boost li­bido.

The ar­rests were made fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Sameer Nagda, 46, a res­i­dent of Ghatkopar. Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Shahji Umap said, “Nagda had be­friended two per­sons who called them­selves Priti An­der­son and Favour Bright on Face­book. They told him that they were in the busi­ness of sell­ing rare seeds which they bought from one Ra­jesh Sharma, 22.”

He said, “They told Nagda that since they were in Lon­don, he should meet Sharma and pur­chase the seeds from him and de­liver to them as they did not have good re­la­tions with him any­more. They of­fered to share the sale pro­ceeds with Nagda.”

Nagda con­tacted Sharma. He then de­posited Rs1.65 lakh in the bank ac­count, which Sharma

told him about, for the de­liv­ery of the seeds. Sharma de­liv­ered a packet of the seeds to Nagda.

Umap said, “Bright told Nagda that they would need more con­sign­ment.” Sharma sent one Raju, 32, with the de­tails of the bank ac­count, into which Nagda de­posited Rs20 lakh.

Umap said, “When Nagda did not get the de­liv­ery of the seeds for two days, he con­tacted Sharma. Sharma de­manded Rs3 lakh more.”

Nagda got sus­pi­cious, and in­formed the po­lice. Vashi po­lice led by se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Ajay Landge laid a trap near Raghuleela mall on Mon­day.

Umap said, “Raju re­alised that there was a trap and fled.”

The po­lice with the help of one more vic­tim from Thane, man­aged to ar­rest 8 ac­cused in the case. The po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs7.5 lakh, a lap­top and a mo­bile phone, col­lec­tively worth Rs 8.05 lakh, from the ac­cused.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­play the cash, mo­bile phone and lap­tops sezied from the eight ac­cused.

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