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The APMC po­lice have booked two real es­tate de­vel­op­ers af­ter the duo al­legedly cheated a res­i­dent of Ghan­soli of Rs 11.65 lakh promis­ing him a flat in Taloja.

The sus­pects met the com­plainant, Machin­dra Narle, 55, in early 2013, the po­lice said. They showed him one un­der-construction build­ing at Taloja (phase II) and asked him to book one flat, they added.

“Narle be­lieved them to be gen­uine peo­ple and read­ily agreed to book one flat. Be­tween July 2013 and March this year, he paid them the amount in sev­eral in­stall­ments. How­ever, the sus­pected failed to hand over the booked flat to him,” said one po­lice of­fi­cer.

Even af­ter pur­su­ing the mat­ter for sev­eral months when Narle did not see any hope of get­ting the flat, he ap­proached the po­lice and reg­is­tered a case. The po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

“Vi­o­lent crimes may have gone down, but the main prob­lem in the city now seems to be cheat­ing. In most cases the vic­tims are not care­ful and they end up pay­ing money to the cul­prits, ex­pect­ing they will ful­fil their dreams. They ap­proach us only af­ter they re­alise that they have been cheated. Th­ese crimes are, there­fore, mainly a breach of con­tract and very rarely, a breach of trust,” a crime branch of­fi­cial said.

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