Jabalpur: Inspired with infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta's story, youth tries to cheat doctor, landed at police station in Madhya Pradesh

He first issued a notice to a hospital owner, seeking reply on a complaint lodged against the latter and when the doctor promised him to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to settle the issue, he issued an order, acquitting the hospital owner.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 04:12 PM IST
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Mohammed Hamza, 23, who is in police custody |

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A 23-year-old man watched web series, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta story, at least 10 times, before planning to cheat a hospital owner in Jabalpur. The web-series is based on the story of an infamous stockbroker, who orchestrated a nearly Rs 5,000 crore securities scandal in 1992.

He first issued a notice to a hospital owner, seeking reply on a complaint lodged against the latter and when the doctor promised him to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to settle the issue, he issued an order, acquitting the hospital owner.

He did this to earn money for the treatment of his father and also to meet expenses of his house. However, he was trapped in his own net and has been arrested.

The youth identified as Mohammed Hamza, 23, a resident of Housing Board Colony, Adhartal in Jabalpur.

The complainant, Dr Abdul Latif, runs a hospital at Narmada Nagar in Raddi Chowky locality in Jabalpur. On March 9, he received a notice. The notice was issued by Nayab Tehsildar seeking reply on a complaint regarding unqualified doctors working at the hospital. The notice had a stamp and sign of Nayab Tehsildar. As per notice, Dr Latif had to appear before the court with his reply on March 26.

Earlier on March 10, he received a phone call and the caller introduced himself as Mohit. The caller asked Dr Latif to pay Rs 2 lakh to settle the issue. The deal was finalised for Rs 1.50 lakh. On the same day, Dr Latif went to Tehsil office to inquire about the notice where he learnt that no such notice was issued.

The first notice which was served to victim on March 9.

On June 2, he received a follow-up notice with a warning to appear before the court on June 14. On June 3, he received a phone call from Mohit, who threatened to settle the issue as soon as possible failing which hospital will be sealed.

Suspecting fraud, Dr Latif approached Gohalpur police station and lodged a complaint. Following police instruction, Dr Latif talked to the caller and informed that he was ready to pay. The caller asked him to meet outside Tehsil office on June 15 evening.

When Dr Latif met him, he handed over a letter having the stamp and sign of the district magistrate. The letter stated that Dr Latif has been acquitted of all the charges.

The letter state that Dr Latif has been acquitted of all the charges.

The accused was detained by Gohalpur police from the spot. The accused told police that he worked at Marvel shop and had prepared the notices using an old notice, which he found in garbage near Tehsil office. He used a photoshop application to paste stamps and signs of district magistrate and nayab Tehsildar. He said he needed money for treatment of his father and therefore he planned to cheat the doctor.

Gohalpur city superintendent of police Akhilesh Gaur said accused was active on social media and was frequently watching Crime Patrol and web series. “He was planning to cheat the doctor for the past several months,” he said.

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