A goldsmith has been duped of gold ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh in Abohara sub-division of Fazilka district on Tuesday.
Roshan Lal, proprietor of Roshan Jewellers at Gandhi Chowk in Abohar, was at his shop, when a middle-aged man walked in, introducing himself as Pandey and said that he wanted to boy a gold chain for his 'guru ji' and even paid a token amount of Rs 5,000.
Pandey asked the goldsmith to giftwrap one of the gold chains and offered to show how to pack them. He asked Roshan to hand him over the pouches carrying gold chains, which he did. After some time, Pandey left the shop without actually buying anything.
Later, when Roshan checked the pouches, ten gold chains weighing 150 grams worth Rs 4 Lakh were missing.
Roshan informed the police and told them that the accused had hypnotised him.
The accused was assisted by an accomplice, who was waiting for him outside the shop.
Meanwhile, as per the police, the same accused had duped various goldsmiths in Sriganganagar, Agra and few other places in a similar manner. His photograph retrieved from the CCTV footage of Sriganganagar shop was shown to Roshan, who identified him as the same person who duped him.
Abohar SP Varinder Singh Brar said that a case has been registered and an hunt was on to nab the accused.