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SOG nabs two 'friendship' cheats

The duo reportedly used to lure people through ads in local dailies.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 06:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Special operation group (SOG) team of IG Lucknow zone arrested two swindlers engaged in defrauding gullible people in the name of making friendship with girls easy.

The duo reportedly used to lure people through ads in local dailies.

The action was initiated following a complaint of UP Technical University student Virendra Dikshit. The cops recovered Rs 35,000 in cash, cheque-books and fake documents including marksheets, ration cards, domicile certificates and stamps from the possession of the accused. 

The complaint given to IG Zone CN Singh stated that Dikshit had contacted the accused duo after going through an ad published in two Hindi dailies recently. The youth was asked to pay Rs 2,000 as an entry fee for the friendship club.

Despite several visits by them and making calls to the accused, the youth never was given any number or provided any detail about a friend. The IG asked the SOG team to probe the case and the police team laid a trap for the accused.

They caught Gaurav Singh alias Akash Chaudhary of Triveni Nagar and Rohit Srivastava alias Vishal of Indira Nagar, on Thursday. 

The duo revealed during interrogation that they were engaged in duping people for past one-and-half years. They confessed to have cheated several persons and duped them of several thousand of rupees so far.

First Published: Feb 09, 2007 06:04 IST

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