Posing as deputy collector,man cheats contractor,arrested

Kothrud police have arrested a conman for allegedly posing as a deputy collector and cheating an electrical contractor last month

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 7, 2013 3:12 am

Kothrud police have arrested a conman for allegedly posing as a deputy collector and cheating an electrical contractor last month. The suspect,identified as Nandakumar Rangnath Lohar,is a resident of Karve Nagar.

The victim,Nalin Mehta (49),a resident of Senapati Bapat Road,had lodged

a complaint at Kothrud

police station.

Police said posing as a deputy collector in Osmanabad district,Lohar called up Mehta on his cellphone and asked him to meet him at Hotel Manali in Erandwane on July 22. He told Mehta that his son had knocked down his motorcycle and asked him to pay the damages. He went a step further by taking away Mehta’s bike saying he would return the vehicle after his damaged bike was repaired. However,Lohar failed to return his bike.

The police arrested Mehta and produced him before a magistrate court on Tuesday which remanded him in police custody till Wednesday.

Meanwhile,Bibvewadi police arrested a man for allegedly posing as a shop inspector and trying to cheat Bhagali Hospital authorities in Bibvewadi. The suspect,Satish Baburao Pawar (42),a resident of Mohammedwadi in Hadapsar,allegedly visited the hospital on Monday and said he was an inspector with the labour department. He told the hospital authorities that he wanted to check the labour-related documents and was ready for settlement if the documents were not complete. Nitin Subhash Bhagli lodged a complaint at Bibvewadi police station.

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