Man held for con­ning NRI di­a­mond trader of over R2 crore

Mid Day - - City - DIWAKAR SHARMA [email protected]

THE Oshi­wara po­lice have ar­rested a mem­ber of a gang who duped an NRI di­a­mond trader, Mo­hab­bat Alam Khan, to the tune of R2.17 crore on the pre­text of get­ting his TV se­ri­als on air.

The ac­cused, Chintu Rat­nakar Bi­hani, 42, was ar­rested from a satel­lite town of Delhi, and brought to Mum­bai where he was pro­duced be­fore the Metropoli­tan Mag­is­trate court in Ban­dra on Sun­day. It re­manded him in po­lice cus­tody for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Khan told mid-day that he met Bi­hani nearly a decade ago. “A fam­ily friend in­tro­duced me to Bi­hani. The deal was done with an agree­ment that Bi­hani would help get me the ap­proval from the Do­or­dar­shan of­fice, Delhi, to get my se­ri­als on air. For this I made sev­eral pay­ments by cash and cheque from 2009 to early 2016,” said Khan, who owns Imagika En­ter­tain­ment Pri­vate Lim­ited, a film pro­duc­tion house.

An of­fi­cer from Oshi­wara po­lice sta­tion said Bi­hani had given post-dated cheques to Khan. “It is an old trick of con artists to win the con­fi­dence of the vic­tim,” a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Be­tween 2009 and 2016, Khan said Chintu, his wife Meena, and ac­com­plice Dhar­men­dra Arora fooled him on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions as he hardly spends time in In­dia.

“I am an NRI and have been liv­ing in Tokyo, Canada and New York. When­ever I con­tacted them, they fooled me,” he said.

Sources said Bi­hani and his ac­com­plices have duped over a dozen peo­ple from Bol­ly­wood of crores, us­ing the same modus operandi. Po­lice are look­ing for Meena and Arora.

‘I am an NRI and have been liv­ing in Tokyo, Canada and New York. When­ever I con­tacted them, they fooled me’ Mo­hab­bat Alam Khan

The ac­cused, Chintu Bi­hani

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