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Mumbai police arrest two persons in Siliguri for duping businessman of Rs 2 crore

The cops were tracking the cell phones of the duo which is how they were traced
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Our Correspondent   |   Siliguri   |   Published 27.07.21, 12:57 AM

A team of Mumbai police along with Siliguri Metropolitan Police raided a hotel on Bidhan Road and arrested two persons on Sunday night for allegedly duping Rs 2 crore from a Mumbai resident.

The duo have been identified as Ashwin Patel from Gujarat’s Surat, and Ram Kumar from Rajasthan, both in their late 40s.


Sudharshan Patel, an assistant inspector of police posted at Lokmanya Tilak Marg police station in Mumbai, who reached Siliguri with a team in search of the duo, said that on July 19 this year, they had received a fraud complaint from a Mumbai resident.

 “These two persons, along with six others whom we have already arrested, had opened an office in Mumbai and had been promising higher returns on investments. Around mid-July, the complainant paid them Rs 2 crore in cash and was told to get documents after four hours. But when he went there, he found the office closed. He kept going to the office for the next four days or so, but it stayed closed. On July 19, he informed us. On probing the case, we arrested six persons but these two managed to escape to Calcutta and then Siliguri,” the police officer said.

He added that the police were tracking the cell phones of Ashwin and Ram Kumar, which is how they were traced. Accordingly, the Mumbai police team reached Siliguri and contacted officers of Siliguri police station and Panitanki police outpost under Siliguri police station. Then, the hotel raid was planned and the duo nabbed.

On Monday, both were produced at a local court. The Mumbai police team filed a petition seeking transit remand for both, court sources said.

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