Two Mumbra residents were in for a rude shock when they learnt that the Big Bazaar gift vouchers worth Rs 17,000, which they had, were fake. The duo - Tejaram Chaudhary, 32, and Motilal Chaudhary, 26 - had got 17 gift vouchers of Rs1,000 each, which they claim were given to them by one Babloo.
"They came to the Big Bazaar mall at Kapurbawdi junction, Ghodbunder Road, on Wednesday and bought food items worth Rs 1,373. As they handed over the items and the vouchers to the cashier, their shopping spree came to an abrupt end. On swipping the coupons, the cashier found them to be duplicates. He immediately alerted his superiors, who informed the police," said police sub-inspector AV Patil from the Kapurbawdi police station.
Tejaram, who owns a grocery store, and Motilal, who sells bangles, were caught red-handed by the police and a case of cheating and forgery was registered against the accused under the Indian Penal Code.
The accused, however, told the police that they did not procure or make the fake coupons. "They say that the vouchers were given to them by one Babloo, who is in his early twenties. Babloo is absconding and we have launched a search for him. We will know about further details only after we arrest Babloo," added Patil.