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NAVI MUM­BAI: The Kopar Khairane po­lice have booked a real es­tate de­vel­oper af­ter he al­legedly cheated a 39-year-old wo­man from Vi­rar promis­ing a flat in an un­der con­struc­tion build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to t he po­lice, Nikunja Su­man came in touch with the ac­cused in 2011. The ac­cused, who had an of­fice at Sec­tor 7, showed her a flat and asked her to book it if she was in­ter­ested.

Su­man read­ily ac­cepted the of­fer and a deal was struck on Septem­ber 22 that year. From then till July next year, she gave him a to­tal of Rs 11.7 lakh in sev­eral in­stall­ments for the flat.

"How­ever, even af­ter al­most five years the ac­cused could not hand over the flat to her,” said Ashok Pawar, po­lice subin­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

When Su­man started mak­ing calls to ask about the flat, the ac­cused threat­ened her. He also told her not to call him again.

“Frus­trated, she fi­nally came to us and reg­is­tered an FIR. We have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 420 (pun­ish­ment for cheat­ing) and 507 ( crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion by an anony­mous com­mu­ni­ca­tion) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code ( IPC).

The de­vel­oper shut his of­fice at Kopar Khairane long ago.

"We are look­ing for him and hope to ar­rest him soon,” Pawar said.

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