Indore: More than 20 traders of Maharani Road here on Friday lodged a complaint with Central Kotwali police station, demanding strict action against a man from Pune for allegedly duping them of about Rs 60 lakh.

The accused had purchased electric goods from them but did not pay the money.

According to the police, trader Arun Neema of Indrapuri Colony along with others in their complaint stated that the accused Modh Singh from Pune had purchased electric goods worth 60 lakh after promising to pay them later, but did not pay the bill and adding to its woes, the accused have even switched his mobile phone off.

The traders alleged that a few months ago, Modh Singh introduced himself to them as owner of a shop in city’s Trade Center and used to purchase goods worth lakhs of rupees, mostly through cheques or cash.

However, after gaining their trust, the accused recently purchased goods worth Rs 60 lakh from the traders on pretext of providing them benefits before the launch of GST and fled the city without paying them the amount.

Police have registered a case under section 420 of the IPC against the accused and launched a manhunt for his arrest.

According to police, the traders who fell victim to the fraudster were: Arun Neema (duped of Rs 4.5 lakh), Sushil Kumar Upadhyay (Rs 75,000), Gaurav Sharma (Rs 21,000), Sushil Chhaparwal (Rs 1.75 lakh), Sudhir Jain (Rs 1.41 lakh), Raju Dubey (Rs 1.60 lakh), Rajesh Gajiya (Rs 1 lakh), Himanshu (Rs 80,000), Rajesh Tause (Rs 3.50 lakh), Prateek Firm (Rs 3.10 lakh), Sapan Mittal (Rs 95,000), Vivek Shukla (Rs 2 lakh), Prakash Gupta (Rs 2.40), Suhani Cables (Rs 1.45 lakh), Patel Sales (1.35 lakh), Ashok Jain (Rs 2.80 lakh), Daljeet Singh (Rs 55,000), Chintan Jethawa (Rs 95,000) and Yusuf (Rs 1 lakh).

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