An enterprising housemaid provider — who used to offer his services for less than the market rate — and his female accomplice were arrested two days after they cheated a resident of northwest Delhi, police said on Monday.
Meenu Chaudhary, deputy commissioner of police (northwest) said Rakesh Kumar, 25, had introduced his associate, Kalpana, as a housemaid to Rani Bagh resident Pramod Jain, half an hour before the duo fled with the commission amount that they had received from him in lieu of their short-lived ‘service’.
“Jain had contacted Rakesh, who was operating under a false name ‘Rajesh’, on a mobile number and asked him to provide a maid for household work,” deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Chaudhary said.
“On May 20, Rajesh along with a girl, whom he introduced as Anita, went to Jain’s house and left after accepting a commission of R15,000,” Chadhary added.
Half an hour after Rajesh’s exit, Anita is understood to have run away from Jain’s residence while attempts to reach him over the phone proved futile, as it was found to be switched off.
Meanwhile, Jain reported the matter to the local police, which took up investigations into the matter on the sole basis of the mobile phone number that Rajesh had provided Jain.
“The accused had acted very smartly not only by giving wrong mobile numbers on the pamphlets and the receipts that he had provided Jain, but also because the address given in the printed pamphlets, receipts and the bio-data form was incorrect. To top it all, the accused had switched off his original mobile phone,” DCP Chaudhary explained.
Acting on information received from sources, the police were finally able to nab Rakesh from his residence in Kirari.
He then led investigators to Kalpana’s rented accommodation in Uttam Nagar.
“During interrogation, Rakesh revealed that he used to run a maid service bureau in the past but due to lack of demand, he came under heavy debt and made a plan to make some quick money,”DCP Chaudhary said.
“He also disclosed that the Bajaj Discover motorcycle he was riding had been stolen by him from Rohini Sector 16 in February, this year,” the police officer added.