Builder booked for cheating homebuyers of `20 lakh at Panvel
NAVI MUMBAI: The Kamothe police have booked a developer for allegedly cheating several people of Rs20 lakh promising flats in a building in Panvel.
According to the police, the accused had promised the customers that he would complete the building at Adai village in Panvel in two years.
In October 2013, he took Rs3 to Rs5 lakh from each customer for booking the flats.
“Even after three years when the accused could not complete the building, the customers started marking enquiries. Later, the accused stopped taking their calls. Frustrated, the customers approached us and registered an FIR against the developer,” said one police officer from Kamothe police station.
A case under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered. “We are searching for the accused and hope to arrest him soon,” said a police officer.
“Violent crimes may have gone down, but the main problem in the city seems to be cheating. In most cases, the victims are not careful and end up paying money to the accused. They approach us only after they realised they have been cheated. These crimes are mainly breach of contract and rarely breach of trust and remain a grey area for the police,” a crime branch official said.