November 27, 2010 5:09:12 am
Would target senior citizens,had amassed at least Rs 15 cr over eight years
Cheating senior citizens by pretending to be an acquaintance and resorting to hypnotism before making off with their money was his signature style of operation for six-seven years. Luck,however,ran out for Sonu Malik (25) when he was finally arrested by a Delhi Police team,formed especially to track him down,on Wednesday.
According to the police,Sonu would target only senior citizens wearing gold and diamond jewellery and introduce himself as Rahul.
Beginning every conversation with Tauji Ram Ram,he would engage them in banter,seek their blessings and gift them electronic equipment to distract them. Soon the victim would begin to feel drowsy and lose consciousness,waking up later to find his cash and/or jewellery missing,the police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) K C Dwivedi said: Sonu has cheated over 400 people in the past. He possessed a scooter which his accomplice Ram Gopal drove,with Sonu riding pillion. He had been doing this for a living for the past six-seven years and amassed a lot of wealth,which he invested in properties. Eleven properties in Mustafabad owned by Sonu are worth Rs 15 crore,the police said. He also owns a Honda City car,the police added.
His victims include retired IIT professor Arvind Kumar Jindal,retired ACP M M Chaddha,Superintendent Directorate of Income Tax Investigation P G Kirar and retired Army officer R M Sharma.
The last complaint against the duo was registered in July 16 this year. On July 23,the police,after investigation into several similar complaints,formed teams at Meet Nagar and Mustafabad to track down the culprit/s. A man was spotted on a scooter,and was later identified as Gopal. A gold ring and four fake Sony handycams were recovered from his possession. An investigation team was formed,which traced Sonu to Kakroli,Muzaffarnagar in UP.
The accused,however,escaped with the help of one Habib Ahmad. He later tried to influence the Investigating Officer with money and political pressure.
We are planning to book Sonu under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and are in the process of registering FIRs on all pending complaints against him, added Dwivedi.
Sonu hails from Pasaunda,UP,and has studied till Class V.
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