Thirty-year-old Aijaz Khan would digitally superimpose his photograph with Mahatma Gandhi and distribute it among the people, asking them to invest money in his computer business. He managed to cheat people of around Rs 40 lakh, the police said.
Khan even made his brother-in-law, who knew him for 12 years, to invest Rs 3 lakh in his business.
The police have arrested Khan, who used to stay in Mumbra till 2007, on charges of cheating and forgery.
“Khan is a BCom graduate and has excellent computer skills. He would digitally superimpose his photograph with Gandhiji in a newspaper article dating back to July 12, 1945, and distribute this article among the victims,” said senior inspector Arun Sonde of Mumbra police station.
“The caption read that the photograph was taken at a rally in Azad Maidan and that Gandhiji and Khan, who has been mentioned as the president of Azad Hind Party, met one General Bob post the rally regarding Bhagat Singh’s arrest,” added Sonde.
“He showed me the same article and asked me to invest in his business. I have a tour and travels business along with two partners. Since it was running in loss, we decided to put in some money,” said Maqsood Rawal (34), Khan’s brother-in-law.
“I put in Rs 3 lakh, my partners Fayaz Khalife (36) and Naimuddin Sheikh (38) invested Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively. Khan even gave us a copy of his property documents, which turned out to be fake,” added Rawal, a Kausa resident.
When the trio didn’t receive their money, they filed a complaint with the police. Khan, however, fled.
“We sent a team to Ratnagiri last month and arrested him from his native village in Ratnagiri on Monday. He has been remanded in police custody till August 3. After his arrest, four more people have come forward alleging that Khan had cheated them. Till now, we have received information that he has cheated people of Rs 40 lakh,” said Sonde.
The police are on the lookout for Khan’s mother, Sultana (53), who had signed on the forged property documents.