Phone dis­trib­u­tor cheated of ` 2 crore, ac­cused ab­scond­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

A mo­bile phone store owner from Ekta Na­gar i n Mum­bai, who alle gedly cheated a phone dis­trib­u­tor of Rs2.69 crore, has been booked by the APMC po­lice.

How­ever, no ar­rest has been made so far.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the dis­trib­u­tor Bhupesh Agar­wal, 30, im­ports mo­bile phones and other ac­ces­sories from a Chi­nese com­pany and he has his of­fice in APMC.

The ac­cused, who runs a mo­bile store in Mum­bai, had pur­chased phones from him five times ear­lier.

He might h ave ear ned Ag ar­wal’s t r ust, s aid t he po­lice.

“In the pre­vi­ous transac- tions, the sus­pected had paid the money to the com­plainant within the promised time­frame and hence the com­plainant took him for a loyal per­son,” said Su­nil Tra­male, po­lice sub-in­spec­tor from APMC po­lice sta­tion.

In the sixth trans­ac­tion, he took mo­bile phones worth Rs 2.69 crore from the com­plainant promis­ing the money within a short time. How­ever, he closed his store and went into hid­ing af­ter that, sais Tra­male.

“Even af­ter re­peated at­tempt when the com­plainant could not con­tact the ac­cused, he ap­proached us and reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) on Wed­nes­day. We have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tion 420 ( pun­ish­ment for cheat­ing) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). We are now search­ing for him and hope to ar­rest him soon,” he said.

When asked if the ac­cused cheated other dis­trib­u­tors ear­lier, an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said, “We are ex­plor­ing that an­gle too. How­ever, we have not found any record of him so far.”

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