Mumbai : Anti Extortion Cell officials have arrested two persons for duping people to the tune of over Rs 10 lakh by luring them to buy gold bars at cheaper rates. Officials suspect that though only one victim has registered complaint so far, there could be many more.

The accused identified as Irfan Asru Khan (25) and Sakib Jukma (28) were arrested from Bharatpur in Rajasthan after months of chase. Police are on the lookout for two more people of the gang. The victim, a businessman dealing in scrap, was allegedly kidnapped and an amount of Rs 10 lakh was given to them as ransom to release him.

According to officials investigating the case, the modus operandi of the gang was to contact businessman and common people to lure them about purchase of gold bars available at less than market price. “They would call people and tell them that while digging up their ancestral property they found gold bars. They would further tell them that they wanted to sell these bars at a cheaper rate and would ask them to meet to have a look at the gold bars,” said a senior officer.

The accused used to show the interested businessman a piece of genuine gold to lure him further in their trap. The complainant in this case had also done the same and the accused asked him to come to Delhi to collect remaining gold bars. On reaching Delhi, he was kidnapped and was held captive for 15 days. He was asked to pay the ransom of Rs 15 lakh. On receiving the money, he was released, the officer said.

After returning home, the businessman contacted the police and registered his complaint with the VP Nagar police station.

As per the team investigating the crime, the accused from Gadjilphatti village in Bharatpur district used to work in a systematic way to dupe their victims. The entire village of 145 houses are alleged to have links with the accused one way or the other. Some of them used to travel around cities to collect information about their would be victims while some others used to make calls and lure their victims.

Both the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC.

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