Cor­po­ra­tor cheated of `81 lakh, one held

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

The Kopar Khairane po­lice have ar­rested one man for al­legedly cheat­ing a cor­po­ra­tor of Rs81 lakh by tak­ing money to buy a shop.

Three of his ac­com­plices are still on the run and the po­lice are now search­ing for them.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice the ac­cused had told the cor­po­ra­tor Shankar More, that he and his friends have found a shop in the area at a cheaper rate.

They had also re­port­edly ap­plied for a loan and that was not be­ing sanc­tioned for some rea­son.

“The ac­cused and his ac­com­plices asked for help for pur­chas­ing the shop. They said that if they did not pay some amount soon, some other peo­ple would buy it,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

More said, “They were just like our ac­tivists and we knew them for the past few years. They said that the orig­i­nal price of the shop was around Rs2 crore, but they were get­ting at a cheaper rate. So when they came to us and asked for some money, some of us con­trib­uted Rs5 to Rs6 lakh each and we col­lec­tively gave them the amount to pur­chase the shop. How­ever, once they got the money in their hands, they ran away. We then reg­is­tered an FIR with the po­lice.”

More said the ac­cused also showed them doc­u­ments of loan ap­pli­ca­tion and hence they did not sus­pect their in­ten­tion.

The po­lice, how­ever, have not re­vealed the name of the ar­rested ac­cused as it might ham­per their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

They have also not re­vealed that they have been able to re­cover the amount from the ac­cused.

“We are now look­ing for the other three ac­cused and hope to ar­rest them very soon,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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