The MIDC police recently arrested a 48-year-old man for duping two brothers of Rs2.80 lakh on the pretext of selling them ayurvedic medicine, which was later found to be fake.
The police said the accused, Swami Shirke, is a resident of Kalwa in Thane. He sells ayurvedic medicines. On March 13, Shirke met the brothers at Holy Spirit Hospital on Mahakali Caves Road in Andheri (East), where one of them was seeking dialysis treatment.
Shirke told them he had ayurvedic medicines which could treat the man’s kidney ailment and asked them to meet him in Malad the next day. They paid him Rs25,000 in cash and rest by cheque.
When the victim’s health did not improve till March 29, the brothers got suspicious. Incidentally, one of their friends told them about an ayurvedic medicine that could help the victim. He gave them a phone number on which the medicine could be ordered.
The brothers called the number and went to meet the person selling the medicines in Dadar. The seller turned out to be Shirke himself. On realising that Shirke was a fraud, the man approached the MIDC police, who registered an FIR under section 420 (cheating) and 34 (crime committed with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The police sought custody of Shirke to ascertain how many people he has duped using the same operandi. He was produced before a magistrates court and remanded in police custody till April 3.