Pune auto driver duped of Rs 1 lakh by passengers who promised him foreign currency

During the ride to Pune station, one of the two gave a foreign currency and his phone number to Bagwan, according to the complaint. The person also told Bagwan that he had several other similar currency notes and that he would sell them to Bagwan, according to the complaint.

pune Updated: Oct 08, 2017 23:34 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Auto driver,Duped
The two took the money from Bagwan and handed him a packet wrapped in plastic before fleeing the spot, according to the police. When Bagwan opened the packet, he found old torn papers in the packet.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

An autorickshaw driver was allegedly duped to the tune of Rs 1 lakh on Saturday by two people who promised him foreign currency in exchange for cash in rupee. The auto driver received torn paper pieces instead of the foreign currency, according to his complaint.

Mustafa Bagwan, the 40-year-old autorickshaw driver, lives in Shiveneri Nagar in Kondhwa Khurd area of Pune. Two people hailed his auto and asked him to take them to the Pune railway station on October 3. The two passengers were identified only as Saleem Sheikh and Khalid Sheikh.

During the ride to Pune station, one of the two gave a foreign currency and his phone number to Bagwan, according to the complaint. The person also told Bagwan that he had several other similar currency notes and that he would sell them to Bagwan, according to the complaint.

The autorickshaw driver called the person and a deal was struck for Rs 1 lakh in exchange for 1,000 foriegn currency notes. The three met near Hadapsar vegetable market around 9 am on Saturday for the transaction, said the police.

The two took the money from Bagwan and handed him a packet wrapped in plastic before fleeing the spot, according to the police. When Bagwan opened the packet, he found old torn papers in the packet. He then approached the Hadapsar police. A case was registered under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 34 (for act done by several person in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the two men. The police are now on a lookout for the two men. Police sub inspector Zanjaad is the investigation officer in the case.

First Published: Oct 08, 2017 23:05 IST