Two people were held for attempting to dupe a 41-year-old sales manager from Bengaluru on Monday. One of the accused, a cab driver, switched the Rs2,000 note he had been given with a Rs100 note and demanded that the victim, Vibhor Mathur, pay the balance amount.
According to the airport police, Mathur works at a private firm. He arrived in Mumbai via an IndiGo flight on Monday around 11.40 pm.
Mathur had to travel to Apollo Hotel in Colaba for a work-related meeting slated for Tuesday. While he was trying to book an Uber outside the airport, one of the accused introduced himself as a driver and told Mathur he had a prepaid taxi service. He told Mathur he would drop him at the hotel for Rs800.
Mathur got into the back seat of a Swift Dzire car, in which the other accused was also seated.
The two accused stopped the vehicle outside hotel Sahara Star, near the domestic airport, around 11.50 pm. They asked Mathur to pay Rs800. When Mathur handed them a Rs2000 note, the driver switched it with a Rs100 note and asked Mathur to pay Rs700 more.
Mathur realised he had been duped as he had just one Rs2000 note in the pocket of his shirt, which he had given them. The accused started quarrelling with him. On hearing the commotion, two security guards arrived at the spot. One of them called the police, who took Mathur and the accused to the local police station.
The police recovered the Rs2000 note from the accused and registered an FIR against them early on Tuesday.
The accused, Arif Haq, 30, and Arshad Khan, 22, were booked under section 420 (cheating) and 34 (act done with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. They have been remanded in judicial custody.