Vishrambag police have booked two persons for allegedly duping around 30 senior citizens to the tune of total Rs 4 crore by promising lifelong care and stay and an old age home in a village near Pune.
Police have identified the suspects as Ajay Bhute and Himanshu Jalukar of Shanti Charitable Foundation Trust, which has its office in Sadashiv Peth. As per the complaint by the senior citizens who are all aged above 80 years, the trust the floated the project in 2011 for the old age home in Gaud Dara village, Haveli. They were promised lifelong care and stay at the three buildings of the project.
In 2015 and 2016, as many 30 people paid the amount ranging from Rs 20 lakh to 25 to the trust. Senior Inspector Hemant Bhat of Vishrambag police station said, “The trust only completed the work on one building and hardly any of the promises were fulfilled. Based on the complaint we have registered an offence of cheating and criminal intimidation against the two persons.”