Duped once, man traps fake gold sellers

Three persons, including a woman, were arrested in a dramatic way for selling fake gold on Tuesday from Kitadih on steel city fringes.

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 12.09.18
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Jamshedpur: Three persons, including a woman, were arrested in a dramatic way for selling fake gold on Tuesday from Kitadih on steel city fringes.

Those arrested were Sindhu Soren (40), Bodo Bhagat (35) and Dulari Tuddu (45). Dulari is from Mayurbhanj in Odisha while Bhagat and Soren are from Potka block in East Singhbhum, 20km from Jamshedpur. For the past 20 days, Bhagat and Soren mainly palmed off shiny granules as gold to unsuspecting semi-rural customers while Dulari offered to shine gold jewellery for a price in order to steal it.

City SP Prabhat Kumar said the gang was nabbed on Tuesday owing to the quick wits of a customer who had been badly duped on Monday.

This customer, small-time trader and Kitadih (Parsudih) resident Mohan Rajak, noticed the trio at an eatery in Gitilata, Potka, on Monday afternoon. Rajak got curious that the trio were dressed in ordinary clothes but wore what appeared to be heavy gold jewellery.

The trio told him a story about how they were gold traders and sold "raw gold granules" for cheap. When they showed Rajak a sample, he thought it was a good investment and bought 100gm for Rs 80,000.

Rajak went to a jeweller the same evening and discovered the granules were copper. That's when he laid a trap for the gang, by calling up Bhagat on his cellphone to say he wanted to buy more gold. Bhagat invited the trio home on Tuesday while calling up Parsudih police at the same time.

It was the trio's turn to get a nasty surprise on Tuesday. Arrested, the trio also confessed they had stolen three gold chains and some more ornaments on the pretext of polishing them from Bagbera and Sitaramdera the past two weeks.