An NRI who has duped many people keen on settling abroad was produced before the court of magistrate Amrinder Singh here on Monday.
Currently lodged in the Karnal jail, the Haibowal police had filed a charge sheet against accused Amit Bedi. The people who had filed cases with the city police were also present in the court.
However, due to alleged police negligence, the hearing in the case was put on hold.
The complainants sought the arrest of Anita Bedi, co-accused and wife of Amit Bedi. The police of Ludhiana and Karnal had complaints against her as well as her husband, but failed to nab her. She had also been was declared a proclaimed offender.
Amit is also wanted by the Interpol as he had duped Jeewan, a Canada-based jewellery store owner, for $4,370 in 1999. He also duped another Canada citizen Bill Jamieson of $1 million.
Dr Aditya of Udham Singh Nagar, Ajit Kumar of Nurpur Bet and Balram Kalia of Bindraban Road have accused the police of showing apathetic attitude in the case.
Dr Aditya said Anita was the mastermind behind the conspiracy. The court had declared her a proclaimed offender in 2004, but the police were least bothered to arrest her.
He alleged that the Karnal police had arrested both of them, but Anita bribed the police who later freed her.
Ajit Kumar said the accused impersonated as Interpol officer, deputed in India to curb human trafficking and fraud visa practices by travel agents. The accused deceived them by saying that he would send them abroad from his quota and extracted Rs 4.54 lakh from them.
Similarly, the accused had duped Dr Aditya and Balram Kalia of Rs 5.82 lakh and Rs. 2.5 lakh, respectively.
SHO of the Haibowal police station inspector Satinder Pal Singh said they had already submitted the chargesheet of the case in the court. They were conducting raids to arrest Anita, but she was still at large.
"We will send a look out circular (LOC) to all the airports to nab Anita," he added.