Builder booked for cheat­ing home­buy­ers of `20 lakh at Pan­vel

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

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.

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