Two persons, claiming to be officials of the National Investigation Agency and probing a “terror link”, allegedly duped a city-based trader of Rs 55 lakh on Monday.
According to the complaint lodged with police, Mukund Pranav Patel, a trader of building construction material, was at his C G Road office when the two — now identified as Devilal Gopaldas Vaishnav and Shankarsinh Chandrasinh Shekhawat with the help of CCTV footage — reached there and asked him to “to co-operate in an NIA investigation”.
The police said after levelling false allegations on Patel, the two allegedly offered that if he wanted to save himself, he should pay Rs 55 lakh. The trader reportedly paid the sum to the duo, who fled the spot after receiving the money.
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Sources in the crime branch said Devilal is suspected to be associated with the NIA, however, it is yet to be ascertained whether he was still working for the agency.
The crime branch contacted the NIA late on Monday to seek details on Devilal.
Navrangpura inspector RV Desai said, “The duo asked questions to the trader on his contacts with people in India and those abroad. They accused him of helping terrorist organisations through mafia links.”