A businessman from Surat who had come to the city for purchasing mobile phone accessories was duped of Rs 15 lakh cash by three youths posing as policemen.
Police have arrested one youth,while search is on to nab the other two.
The businessman,Hussain Shaukatbhai Minar,22,lodged the complaint at Yerawada police station. The case was transferred to Samartha police station for further investigation.
The suspect arrested has been identified as Umesh Popat Kshirsagar (28) of Wadgaon Sheri. Police said that Umeshs friend Dinesh alias Sunny Awghade is an agent who deals in wholesale mobile phone spare parts. Minar wanted to buy mobile phone spares at wholesale rates for which he contacted Dinesh through one of his family members who was also dealing in mobile phone spares. Dinesh asked Minar to come to the city,assuring him to give mobile phone spares at a discounted rate.
Minar came to the city on June 19. He was carrying cash worth Rs 15 lakh. Dinesh took him to Umeshs mobile phone shop – Shri Balaji Communication in Somwar Peth and said it was his office.
Dinesh took Minar in his car to different locations but did not give him the assured mobile phone spares. At 11 pm on June 20,Dinesh took Minar to Wadgaon Sheri,where his aides – Umesh and Prashant Patil – intercepted their car on a motorcycle.
Posing as policemen,the duo asked Minar to show them the documents of his car. They further checked the car and found a bag carrying Rs 15 lakh cash. The duo took the money saying they wanedt to inquire about it. They further asked Minar to come to the police station for inquiry. Then Dinesh sat on their motorcycle and asked Minar to follow them to the police station. However,the trio fled on the motorcycle and Minar,being new to the city and not being aware of the directions, could not chase them and track them down. Realizing that he has been duped,he lodged a complaint at Yerawada police station. After initial probe,Umesh was arrested from Wadgaonsheri. We have recovered Rs 2 lakh from him. He has been remanded in police custody till June 26 for further investigation, a senior inspector Ganpatrao Nikam said.
Police said that Dinesh is prime conspirator in the crime. He was earlier booked by the Bharati Vidyapeeth police in a similar offence. He gave Rs 2 lakh to Umesh and then fled with Rs 13 lakh.