Two dupe bizman of Rs 1.5 cr, held

Glen Norman
May 10, 2018

In May, one Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports, approached the Crime Branch that he was cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar, and others, they said.

Later, other associates of the alleged seller of the "Rice Puller" threatened to finalise the "deal" elsewhere and introduced the victim to another "seller", assuring him that this deal was genuine.

The pair allegedly convinced the victim to buy a copper plate for $213,156, claiming it had "special properties" to it, police said. These are cons who allegedly duped a Delhi-based businessman of Rs. 1.43 crore claiming they worked for NASA. The money was reportedly also meant to buy a few radiation suits to be worn during the tests and to import a few chemicals for the same.

Delhi Police say at least 30 people fell for the swindle, and paraded the pair in their crinkly silver outfits for the press.

"Cheats take a copper plate or utensil and coat it with liquid magnet and then fill some boiled rice with small iron wires and fool the victim by pulling the iron-clad rice grain with the magnet coated copper article", India Today quoted Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police, crime branch. "They said tests were scheduled in Hapur, but could not be held as the place was "not conducive". He further came to know that he had been cheated and the so-called scientists are members of the racket, the police said. The cheats claimed that the object was a rare piece of copper which was struck by thunderbolt in the hills of Uttarakhand that enabled it to pull rice and was being used by NASA in its research. Soon he informed the police about the defrauding and got them arrested.

Later, Narender realised that the "DRDO scientists" were working for Brar for just Rs 20,000.

The conmen told the victim that NASA was willing to pay around ₹375 billion for a device called the "Rice Puller". What's more hilarious is the fact that the father-son duo also indulged in posing as DRDO officials wearing a spacesuit to explain to the businessman why more research is required before "Rice Puller" could be sold to NASA at astronomical prices.

During the investigation, the RP' copper plate, anti-radiation scientist suits of NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were seized from their possession.

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