2 held for duping people on pretext of selling US dollars

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2 held for duping people on pretext of selling US dollars

New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Two persons have been arrested for allegedly duping people on the pretext of exchanging US dollars, police said today.

Vasheem Alvi complained that he has been duped of Rs 1.90 lakh and told police that he met Raju at Sarai Kale Khan.

Raju offered him US Dollar 20 and asked for Indian currency in return. Alvi obliged and later Raju asked him if he could exchange 1,134 notes of USD 20 for Rs two lakh, DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad said.

On March 21, they met near Shamshan Ghat in Geeta Colony to exchange the currencies.

He exchanged Rs 1.90 lakh and Raju handed him over a packet. Later, Alvi found a dollar wrapped on a soap cake, she said.

The call detail records were scanned and some persons inBangladesh were zeroed in. On further analysis, the accused were identified as scrap dealer Mohd Fazlu (43) and Abdul Rehman (22), who were arrested on March 28.

With the arrest of the two, police claimed to have worked out six cases of cheating and recovered Rs 2.3 lakh in cash, USD 11 and four mobile phones.

The two accused said they are residents of West Bengal but they were found in touch with people in Bangladesh, a senior police officer said.

Their Bangladesh connection and how they procured dollars is being probed, he said.

“They disclosed that they used to take money from people on the pretext of giving them dollars and gave a soap cake wrapped in a paper which looks like a bundle of dollars.

“They cheated many persons on pretext of exchanging dollars with the same modus operandi,” she said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.