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WhatsApp fraud: Panchkula family duped of valuables

The fraudster who sent an ‘advertisement’ to the victim, Manjit Kaur, on WhatsApp, had allegedly promised to “end all problems in the family only when the valuables handed over by them are worshipped.”

A PANCHKULA-BASED family lost cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 2 lakh — meant for a wedding — to a fraud on WhatsApp. The fraudster who sent an ‘advertisement’ to the victim, Manjit Kaur, on WhatsApp, had allegedly promised to “end all problems in the family only when the valuables handed over by them are worshipped.” Kaur is a resident of Sector 21.

The police Saturday registered a case under section 420( fraud) at Sector 5 police station after the matter was brought to the notice of Commissioner of Police OP Singh. Singh directed DCP Anil Kumar Dhawan to “go full steam in such cases.”

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The ‘advertisement ‘from ‘Mian Nawab Khan’ that was sent on WhatsApp.

The victim’s husband, Jeevan, who works in a private firm, said, “My wife got an advertisement from someone who went by the name ‘Mian Nawab Khan’ that promised to provide solutions for family problems, including family disputes. He was in contact with my wife since September 21 over phone and frightened her by saying things like your husband’s life is in danger, you have ‘evil spirits’ in your house and so on.”

“In order to fix the so-called ‘problems’, he asked my wife that if she had some money or jewellery, they will have to ‘worship’ it. Though my wife said that the valuables had been kept aside for a relative’s marriage, he said prayers would finish on October 13 and it would be returned. My wife was convinced,” Jeevan said in his complaint to the DCP.

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When the victim asked the person how she would hand over the valuables, he said he would send his assistant and she can ‘send it wrapped in a red cloth.’ She did the same and handed over the jewellery on the border of Sector 20 and Zirakpur on October 10, read the complaint.

Jeevan got to know of the sequence of events from his wife a night before the day of the wedding. They called several times but the phones of the suspect and his assistant were switched off. After failing to locate them for nine days, Jeevan finally approached the police. Station house officer Lalit Kumar said a probe is on.

After struggling to get a case lodged with the police, Jeevan started looking for clues himself and found the location of the fraudsters is in Ludhiana.

On Saturday, the issue reached the Commissioner who immediately ordered that an FIR be filed. “The in-charge said the reason for him not to take cognizance was that the jewellery was handed over in Zirakpur. I have directed the Sector 21 in-charge to register a case and investigate,” said Commissioner of Police O P Singh.