The Pant Nagar police have arrested a 34-year-old man from Ulhasnagar for allegedly duping people under the pretext of selling them oxygen concentrators. The accused identified as Bunty Jarewal allegedly duped people from Mumbai and Gujarat when demands for oxygen concentrators were high, said Pant Nagar police officials.
According to the Pant Nagar police officials, the accused used to put up furniture stalls at exhibition centres across the country, many of his customers had exchanged their numbers with him..
In April this year, one Neha Shah, 35, a resident of Ghatkopar was in dire need of oxygen concentrator for her relative. After seeing Jarewal's WhatsApp status, Shah ordered seven oxygen concentrators from him. In the status Jarewal had claimed that he supplied oxygen concentrators.
The accused asked Shah to make half the payment, accordingly she paid him ₹1.35 lakh. However, after receiving payment Jarewal stopped entertaining her. After failing to receive oxygen concentrators and losing the money, the woman approached Pant Nagar police station and lodged her complaint.
An offence of cheating along with section 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation using computer resources) of the Information Technology act has been registered.
"We first tried to find his address with his bank account details, however, the address turned out to be fake. We later traced him to Ulhasnagar and arrested him. The accused has confessed to duping a Gujarat man of ₹1 lakh similarly," said Suhas Kamble senior inspector of Pant Nagar police station.
Soon after his arrest, the police froze his bank account in which the victim had transferred money.