Iraqi can­cer pa­tient duped of $1,000 by fake po­lice­men

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Pavneet Singh Chadha ■

A fort­night af­ter an Iraqi na­tional ar­rived in the city for can­cer treat­ment, he was al­legedly duped of $1,000 by an in­ter-city gang of four men, who posed as po­lice per­son­nel. The po­lice said the ac­cused asked the vic­tim for his pass­port and checked his lug­gage for nar­cotics, claim­ing they were con­duct­ing an in­spec­tion in plain­clothes.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the in­ci­dent took place on Oc­to­ber 20 evening when the com­plainant, Hus­sein Ab­dul Ameer Ali (46), who is suf­fer­ing from can­cer, and his friend were wait­ing for a third friend near Ka­milia Palace Ho­tel op­po­site Medanta Hos­pi­tal.The po­lice said that as per the com­plainant, four men who claimed to be po­lice of­fi­cers stopped their car and asked for their pass­ports.

“I did not have my pass­port with me. They (ac­cused) asked me to hand over my hand­bag to check for drugs. My friend and I were scared. While go­ing through the con­tents of the hand­bag, they stole $1,000 and threw the bag at me from the car.

When the ho­tel guard walked to­wards them, they drove away,” the vic­tim stated in a writ­ten com­plaint at the Sadar po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice said the vic­tim al­leged that the car had a Delhi reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and some dig­its had been scratched off the num­ber plate.

“The vic­tim had come to Gu­ru­gram on Oc­to­ber 7 for can­cer treat­ment. He did not re­port the in­ci­dent ear­lier as he was un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy,” Mat­loob Alam, an ad­vo­cate at district court Saket who of­fered le­gal as­sis­tance to the vic­tim, said.

A case has been reg­is­tered against the un­known ac­cused un­der sec­tions 379 and 34 of the IPC at the Sadar po­lice sta­tion, the po­lice said.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity, said that the po­lice were seek­ing as­sis­tance from the po­lice in Delhi, where a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent took place on Oc­to­ber 19.

In La­j­pat Na­gar around 8pm on Oc­to­ber 19, a Bagh­dad-based cou­ple was robbed of $3,000 by a man, who al­legedly stole the money on the pre­text of check­ing their bags for ‘drugs’.

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