THE MOHALI police has booked a woman for allegedly duping several persons on the pretext of sending them abroad. She is also accused of duping some people in property deals.
Police say she used to dupe people by telling them that all her four children — three daughters and one son — live abroad and own companies there. The accused and her relatives who live in Phase 1 are said to be at large and the police are conducting raids at various places to nab her.
According to information available, Salochna Devi, a resident of Phase 1, was booked for fraud and criminal breach of trust at Phase 1 police station after a complaint was lodged against her by a Chandigarh resident, Anita Sharma, alleging that Salochna had duped her of Rs 20 lakh. Anita is an employee at District Transport Office.
Anita, in her complaint, told the police that she met Salochna through a common friend and came to know that Salochna’s three daughters were settled in Australia and her son had set up good business in Germany. On Anita’s request, Salochna assured her help in getting her son settled abroad.
After meeting Salochna, Anita also took her son to meet the accused several times. After meeting her five or six times, the complainant claimed she started trusting Salochna as she used to show her pictures of her children outside big hotels, beaches and some chocolate factories.
“After seeing all the pictures, I started trusting Salochna. When I asked her about sending my son abroad, she told me that she would take Rs 20 lakh. I paid her the amount in instalments at her office in Phase 1,” Anita stated in her complaint.
Anita alleged that after paying the money when she asked Salochna to send her son abroad, the latter started making excuses and even started threatening her of dire consequences. Anita told the police that one day when she went to Salochna’s house in Phase 1, she met around 22 other people who were victims of the accused.
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Salochna’s brother-in-law Haripal, who lives in Sector 56, said that he too was duped by Salochna to the tune of Rs 11 lakh on the pretext of buying a property. He alleged that when he came to know about the fraud and decided to approach the police, Salochna gave him a cheque for Rs 10 lakh which bounced later.
There are several other people who were duped and are now approaching the police, Anita alleged, adding that Salochna has duped people to the tune of around Rs 73 lakh. Station House Officer Naveen Pal Singh Lehal said that they had booked Salochna under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.