Nige­rian among 2 held for cheat­ing man on so­cial net­work

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

KHAN­DESH­WAR: Two peo­ple, in­clud­ing a Nige­rian, were ar­rested by Khan­desh­war po­lice for al­legedly cheat­ing a San­gli res­i­dent of Rs1.6 lakh through a so­cial net­work­ing web­site.

Catharen Doyal, the Nige­rian, had be­friended San­gli res­i­dent Amarsh­ingh Surya­van­shi five months ago on the web­site.

He told Surya­van­shi he dealt in the pur­chase and sale of medicines for Mida Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, a UK-based com­pany.

Doyal also told Surya­van­shi that the com­pany had huge de­mand for ayurvedic seeds and Surya­van­shi would profit hugely if he could sup­ply the seeds.

In Novem­ber last year, Doyal mes­saged Surya­van­shi to buy 250gm of the seeds worth Rs1.60 lakh from a sup­plier named Priyanka Jain and sell it to Mida Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal.

On Jan­uary 7, Jain called Surya­van­shi and told him that one Khan would de­liver the packet of seeds to him and that he should pay Khan. Later, she said one Is­mits­ingh Arora would meet him near Tunga Ho­tel in Vashi.

Sus­pect­ing foul play, Surya­van­shi re­ported the mat­ter to Khan­desh­war po­lice.

“We laid a trap and when Arora came to de­liver the packet, he was nabbed,” said Amar De­sai, se­nior in­spec­tor of Khan­desh­war po­lice sta­tion.

He said, “There was also a Nige­rian na­tional Si­mon Onke, who had ac­com­pa­nied him. He tried to flee but we man­aged to get him as well.”

Po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that the seeds had no value and that Surya­van­shi was be­ing cheated on the ba­sis of a cooked-up story.

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