3 booked for cheat­ing biz­man of `23 lakh

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

The Kharghar police have booked three peo­ple for al­legedly cheat­ing a busi­ness­man of Rs23 lakh.

The ac­cused also ran away with the car of the com­plainant after win­ning his con­fi­dence, the police said.

Ac­cord­ing to the police, the ac­cused met the busi­ness­man, Ganesh Su­tar, 29, a few months ago and they de­vel­oped a good re­la­tion­ship with him. Later, they gave him the pro­posal of se­cur­ing a li­cence of sell­ing im­ported goods in the city.

“The com­plainant took them for gen­uine peo­ple and gave them the money. He be­lieved them and did not even hes­i­tate to lend his car for a few hours,” said a police of­fi­cer from Kharghar police sta­tion.

“The ac­cused, how­ever, did not re­turn his car even after a few days. When he could not contact them after re­peated at­tempts, he re­alised that he had been cheated. He then came to us and regis­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port,” he said.

The police are search­ing for the sus­pects but they have not been able to make any break­through in this case so far.

“A case un­der sec­tions 420 and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) has been regis­tered against the sus­pects. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and hope to solve the case very soon,” another police of­fi­cer said.

“Se­ri­ous of­fences in Navi Mumbai have gone down, but cases such as cheat­ing and crim­i­nal breach of trust have gone up. In most cases, the vic­tims come to the police only after pay­ing a huge amount to the cul­prits. If the cul­prits are from other states, such cases be­come dif­fi­cult to de­tect,” a se­nior crime branch of­fi­cial said.

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