Three arrested for abducting, cheating Japanese national
A 21-year-old Japanese national on his first visit to India was abducted and cheated by two habitual offenders from Jaipur and a Delhi-based courier agent. The victim was illegally confined to a hotel room in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur for three days.delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2013 01:22 IST
A 21-year-old Japanese national on his first visit to India was abducted and cheated by two habitual offenders from Jaipur and a Delhi-based courier agent. The victim was illegally confined to a hotel room in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur for three days.
All the three men have been arrested by the Delhi police.
Police said the accused hoodwinked the victim on the pretext of providing him with antique jewellery at a reasonable price. They told him that they would dispatch the jewellery to at his postal address in Japan. They said their customer in Japan would buy the jewellery from him for over R80 lakh.
To gain the victim’s confidence, the men from Jaipur showed him some old artificial jewellery and packed them in a box, which was subsequently given to the arrested courier agent at his shop in Karol Bagh.
“The agent assured them that the parcel would reach Japan in the next couple of days. The next day, the victim received a call on his cell phone and the caller, claiming to be a senior customs official, said he would be arrested as he had not paid the charges for sending his parcel,” said SBS Tyagi, DCP (New Delhi).
The Japanese national, an investigating officer said, got worried and requested the fake customs officer to help him out. Taking advantage of the victim’s innocence, the conman asked him to meet at a jeweller’s shop where he forced him to purchase jewellery worth around Reight lakh using his credit card.
“The accused also extorted Rs 50,000 in cash from the victim. He forced the victim to ask his friends in Japan to transfer money to his account. That was when one of his friends contacted the Japanese Embassy and they contacted us for rescuing their citizen,” Tyagi said.
On August 4, the victim was rescued from IGI airport where the accused had taken him to board a flight to Sri Lanka. The arrested men are Rishi Raj and Pankaj Sharma, both from Jaipur. The police have withheld the identity of the courier agent, as they believe his interrogation will help them arrest some more people involved in similar crimes.
The victim, an undergraduate from a University in America, had arrived in India in July to practice “Vipassana” meditation at Pushkar in Rajasthan. He had met Raj and Sharma in Pushkar, police said.