The Kerala police have arrested a 38-year-old man from Vimannagar for allegedly duping a Hong Kong-based international supplier to the tune of Rs 10 lakh,under the pretext of purchasing of a radioactive form of copper worth Rs 500 crore.
Thrissur district police are now investigating his role in at least five more international cases of cheating.
According to Thrissur police,Nigel Borade,a resident of Vimannagar,allegedly conspired with Biju Francis (35),a resident of Thiruvananthapuram,to dupe the Hong Kong-based supplier of radioactive copper isotope,which is used in treatment of cancer and scientific experiments. Police said the company has its warehouse in Hong Kong.
Inspector K Sudershan of Chavakkad police station said,The duo got in touch with Haidar Thangal from Thrissur,who is the authorised representative of the supplier. They told him that a research agency required radioactive copper for scientific experiments and wanted to purchase it from the supplier. The duo,however,told him that the company officials wanted to first do a primary inspection of the material at the warehouse in Hong Kong and demanded Rs 10 lakh from Thangal.
Anticipating a major deal,Thangal deposited the money in the bank account of Borade in Pune via electronic transfer. The company has more than one owner. One of them is from the UK and another from Malaysia. The suspects told them that they had booked tickets for officials from the organisation and asked Thangal to come to Mumbai airport. The owners of the supplier firm were asked to come to Hong Kong directly. Borade and Francis never turned up, Sudershan said.
Based on the complaint by Thangal,Thrissur police launched a search for Borade and nabbed him at his residence in Pune on July 24. He was taken to Kerala. Sudershan said,We made the arrests with the help of Vimannagar police. We are yet to arrest Francis. Borade told us that he runs a business process outsourcing firm in Pune. We have not yet verified this. As per our information,he is involved in at least five more international cases of cheating.
Borade has been remanded in magisterial custody.