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Gold rush: Sarpanch of village near Chandigarh gets better of fraudsters claiming to create gold coins from dust

Fraudsters’ desire to earn a quick buck led them to commit such crimes

punjab Updated: Oct 26, 2017 11:07 IST
Shub Karman Dhlaliwal
Shub Karman Dhlaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Kurali,Chandigarh,Fraudsters
The accused, who claimed to be Maulvis, went to 45-year-old sarpanch Harjit Singh’s house and told him that if he got them to recite hymns in his house, they will dig gold from their backyard. (Daljeet Kaur Sandhu/HT)

Singing hymns to produce gold coins. This fantastic modus operandi to befool innocent villagers has now landed two self-proclaimed Maulvis in jail. Police have arrested Mohammad Arshad, 27, and Mohammad Tayub, 35, red-handed while they attempted to defraud the sarpanch of Manakpur Sharif village near Kurali — passing off fake gold coins as real and demanding Rs 10 lakh in lieu. Arshad is from Khadri Village in Yamunanagar, while Mohammad Tayub hails from Shamli in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

“I invited them at night on the pretext that villagers would ridicule me if I invited them to find gold during the day, so that they could be easily arrested.”

The accused, who claimed to be Maulvis, went to 45-year-old sarpanch Harjit Singh’s house and told him that if he got them to recite hymns in his house, they will dig gold from their backyard. This was the second time they had approached the same sarpanch.

“The fradusters first came to my house on Diwali, but I asked them to come some other day. After three-four days, they called again,” Harjit said. He also said the accused had managed to defraud another family in the village, two months ago.

Modus operandi

One of the accused used to divert the attention of the family members in the house by making them recite hymns, while the other would go out and make arrangements to ‘dig’ for gold (to pass off fake gold coins as real).

In this case, the sarpanch was wise enough to not fall for their tricks. “My family members agreed to sit with them while me and my friend went to another room to spy on the accomplice. He went to an isolated corner in the house and filled an earthen pot with sand and fake gold coins,” Harjit said, adding that by then he had already called the police.

“I invited them at night on the pretext that villagers would ridicule me if I invited them to find gold during the day, so that they could be easily arrested,” he claimed.

Desire for a quick buck fuelled crime

It was when they handed over the eartern pot with over 70 gold coins to Harjit and demanded Rs 10 lakh that the police arrested them. After the arrests, investigating officer ASI Iqbal Mohammad said, “Both the individuals came from Delhi to earn quick money and started doing this in villages”. He added that both had been sent to judicial custody at Nabha jail. A case was registered under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 11:06 IST