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Maharashtra: Two men held for duping four persons of Rs 3.2 cr in Gondia

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An official on Wednesday said that the police in Maharashtra`s Gondia district have arrested two men for allegedly duping four persons of about Rs 3.2 crore with the promise of “handsome” returns on investments, reported news agency PTI.

Police suspect more people might come forward with complaints against accused Kisan Pande (21) and Kanhaiyalal Pande (24), both residents of Baniya Mohalla under Amgaon tehsil, for defrauding them, reported PTI.

The official said that the four persons in the present case were conned between June 2021 and December 2023, reported PTI.

The accused allegedly lured the four into share trade with “handsome” returns of 7-8 per cent every month. Despite collecting Rs 3.19 crore, the two never paid any money to the victims, the official said citing the FIR, reported PTI.

The official said that the two have been remanded in police custody till June 19, reported PTI.

In another case, police on Tuesday said that a 49-year-old businessman from Pune has been defrauded of Rs 50 lakh by a husband-wife duo who posed as officials from the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO), reported PTI.

According to the police, the accused, Kashmira Pawar (29) and her husband Ganesh Gaikwad, residents of Satara in western Maharashtra, cheated the businessman on the pretext of getting a government contract, reported PTI.

Based on the businessman`s complaint, the couple has been booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention).

The couple and the complainant, who takes construction contracts, came in contact through some mutual acquaintance, reported PTI.

“Pawar posed herself as an advisor working in the PMO and promised the complainant a government contract and took Rs 50 lakh from him through RTGS (online mode),” said an officer from the Bundgarden police station where a case has been registered, reported PTI.

The entire cheating episode took place between December 2019 and March 2022, he said, reported PTI.

After realising that he had been duped, the businessman approached the police, reported PTI.

“We have registered a case, but the accused were yet to be arrested,” said the officer.

(With inputs from PTI)


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