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Mumbai businessman duped on pretext of giving dollars at lower rate; 3 from Jharkhand held

The Nirmal Nagar police in Bandra have arrested three Jharkhand-based men for allegedly duping a 27-year-old businessman from Thane on the pretext of providing him with dollars at a lower rate.

Police identified the accused as Rinku Shaikh (25), Mohamed Rekaul Abdul Rehman Haq (29), and Jamidar Ainul Shaikh (35) — all natives of Radhanagar village in Jharkhand.

The accused confessed during interrogation that a criminal gang operates from Radhanagar village, and different teams are sent to Mumbai after training the members, said police, adding that the gang leader — who is from Mumbai — has been absconding.

“The four accused had met the complainant at a tea stall in the western suburbs in the first week of September. During a conversation, they showed him a note of 1 dollar and asked whether it was genuine,” said a police officer. The complainant took the note home and later informed the accused that the note was genuine, following which, they allegedly claimed that they had dollars to the tune of Rs 12 lakh, which they were willing to give him in return of Rs 1.5 lakh.

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“The accused met the complainant near Bandra on September 12, and handed him the money wrapped in a piece of cloth, and left,” said an investigator.

On checking, the complainant found some papers wrapped in cloth. Realising he was duped, the businessman filed a complaint at the Nirmal Nagar police station, based on which a cheating case was registered and a team of officials was assigned to investigate the matter. “We checked CCTV footage and followed the movement of the accused. We found out that they were staying in Bhandup, and police apprehended the three accused from there,” said an officer.

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“The three arrested accused have at least four cases registered against them at the Nirmal Nagar and neighbouring police stations… The trio revealed that they dupe people and send the money to their relatives in native place, who then invest it in farming and for other purposes.”

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