Shuttling between chowkis for justice
Thirty two-year-old Samir Beg, who was allegedly swindled into parting with Rs 2,100 of his hard-earned money by a gang of cheats a month ago, is still running from pillar to post for justice, reports Jatin Anand.delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2009 00:10 IST
Thirty two-year-old Samir Beg, who was allegedly swindled into parting with Rs 2,100 of his hard-earned money by a gang of cheats a month ago, is still running from pillar to post for justice.
“Since the incident happened on November 30, I’ve been to two police stations numerous times, and written about 16 letters to the area’s DCP,” said Beg.
A resident of Shastri Park, near New Seelampur in North East Delhi, Beg came across an advertisement about an SMS quiz in a leading Hindi daily on Thursday, November 12.
The quiz asked three questions, which were to be answered by sending an SMS to one of the three numbers given towards the end of the advertisement.
“The quiz was called ‘Bumper Dhamaka’ and had appeared in the ‘vacancies’ section of a Hindi daily,” recalled Beg, who works as an assistant at a High Court Lawyer’s office.
“On November 20, I got a call and was told that I had won the second prize which consisted of a gold ring and a mobike.”
As the next step towards claiming his prize, Beg was required to pay Rs. 2,100 at the Welcome Post Office to obtain a VPL, which was supposed to contain the gold ring and documents authorizing him as the claimant of the motorcycle from his local dealer.
This is when Beg’s supposed ‘luck’ allegedly ran out on him, “When I got the VPL from the post office on November 30, all I found inside was a copper ring and some waste papers,” he said.
Repeated calls to the three numbers given in the advertisement served little purpose except allegedly putting Beg at the receiving end of verbal abuse.
Repeated trips to the police too, were of no avail.
“When I went to Shastri Park, they told me to go to Welcome Police Station because the Post Office was in their jurisdiction; when I went to the latter, they asked me to go to Shastri Park because I’m a resident of that area. I don’t know what to do,” said Beg.
“I am sure the concerned police station is enquiring into the matter,” said SS Yadav, DCP, North East Delhi.