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Nigerian, NE man arrested from Delhi for duping property dealer

dehradun Updated: Jan 20, 2018 22:01 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Uttarakhand news,Nigerian,Dehradun police

Rodinpuia from Mizoram and Francis Austin from Nigeria were arrested by the Dehradun police from Delhi.(HT Photo)

The Dehradun police arrested two fraudsters, including a Nigerian, from Delhi for allegedly duping a Dehradun resident.

This is the second Nigerian national arrested by the Uttarakhand police in a month.

Francis Austin, 28, a resident of Anambra state of Nigeria, and Rodinpuia, 28, from Champhai in Mizoram, were arrested by a special team of the Dehradun police on Friday. A Dehradun court on Saturday sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

Sanjeev Kumar Rauthan, a property dealer based in Navada area, complained to the Nehru Colony police on January 9 that a lady claiming to be Melody Burgoyna from England had befriended him over WhatsApp. She, then, assured him of helping to set up a business in England.

The woman allegedly told Rauthan that she would arrive in India on January 3. On the same day, Rauthan, who was in Delhi, got a call from another woman saying that Melody was stuck at the customs office in Mumbai and Rs 4.38 lakh were required for her release. “I transferred the amount through netbanking to the given account detail but later realised that I was cheated when I was asked to deposit more money,” Rauthan said in his police complaint.

Dehradun senior superintendent of police Nivedita Kukerti Kumar immediately constituted a special team which traced the accused. Four mobile phones, three bank passbooks, one cheque book, four ATM cards and one laptop were seized from the duo, who were booked for cheating and criminal breach of trust

According to the police, the accused claimed that they were only helping the alleged “mastermind” of the gang whom they identified as Joy from Nigeria. “They claimed that it was Joy who used to contact and allure unsuspecting men and got the victims to transfer money to the account details arranged by Francis, who in turn used to get 15% of the total transaction amount,” Rajesh Sah, in-charge of Nehru Colony police station, said.

“We are also checking bank account details and freeze them.”

On December 16, the Special Task Force of the Uttarakhand police had arrested a Nigerian national from Gurugram in Haryana for a case of fraudulence that was reported in Dehradun. The complainant had approached the cyber crime police station reporting how he was contacted over email and phone by the accused and promised a business partnership. Later on, he was made to deposit Rs 58 lakh in different bank accounts by the accused in the name of investing foreign funds.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 22:00 IST