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Conman promising to send goldsmiths to Dubai arrested. Friday, September 14, 2001
Source:TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: One person was arrested by the Khadia police for conspiring with an accomplice to extort money from 35 goldsmiths from Manekchowk on the pretext of sending them to the west Asia.
The accused, Manoj alias Sanjay alias Mansukh alias Mitesh Kantilal Parekh, is a resident of Mumbai and belongs to Gondal.
Parekh came in contact with a goldsmith, Raju Mandal from West Bengal, with whom a plot was hatched to lure goldsmiths to Dubai and in the process extort money from them. The duo was able to collect Rs 1.15 lakh from the victims before they were caught.
Mandal told goldsmiths that a businessman called Shantilal Parekh owned a factory called 'Jaljira Gold' in Dubai and he needed some goldsmiths. He added that his brother Manoj Parekh was to 'Garden Hotel' shortly, and whoever wished to go to Sharjah would have to contact him on August 30 in room no 14.
Gullible goldsmiths obliged and met the impostor, Manoj Parekh, at the hotel. Parekh demanded Rs 3,000 from those who had passports and Rs 4,500 from those who didn't.
Twenty-eight of them paid Rs 3,000 and submitted their passports too, while seven paid Rs 4,500 each. They were then told that on September 12 that they would have to bring Rs 22,000 for the ticket.
Parekh then told them that the tickets would be given to them on October 4, and they would have to return them within an hour after checking it. By then he had collected Rs 1.15 lakh.
On September 10, Mandal faxed copies of the visas of the 35 goldsmiths from Mumbai to one 'Ajmeri Xerox' in KT Plaza. One of the goldsmiths suddenly had a doubt and faxed the visa copy to his cousin in Sharjah to confirm its validity and was told that it was fake.
As planned, the goldsmiths waited for Parekh and confronted him at the Garden Hotel. They then informed the Khadia police. The police arrested Parekh, and on interrogation found that they had planned to collect Rs 7.87 from the goldsmiths on Wednesday and scoot.
The police seized 28 tickets to Sharjah, a mobile phone and business cards from hotels in Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Nadiad and Mumbai. Inspector B D Sioni is investigating the case and is yet to lay his hands on Mandal.
News Source : Times News Network [India's best Newspaper]