Sale of cars at discount: Cops probe racket after Pune constable loses Rs 11 lakh to fraudsters | Pune News
The Pimpri Chinchwad police are probing a racket that is believed to have conned several people by taking large sums of money from them on the pretext of selling cars at discounted prices. The investigation was launched after a police constable in Pune was cheated by three suspects who promised him to help purchase a Rs 14 lakh SUV for Rs 11 lakh.
An FIR in the case was registered at Wakad police station under the Pimpri Chinchwad police Saturday by a police constable, 39, attached to the Pune city police. The sequence of events related to the alleged cheating has taken place starting October 2020. Based on the complaint filed by the police constable, the Wakad police have booked three suspects – Anil Chaudhari and Kalpana Chaudhari who are husband and wife, and one other accomplice. A search has been launched for the suspects.
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Investigation has revealed that the complainant police constable met suspect Anil Chaudhari at Kaverinagar police residential cluster in Wakad in October 2020. He told the complainant he was working at a car dealer showroom selling vehicles of an Indian automobile major. The suspect started keeping in touch with the complainant. A while later, Anil Chaudhari told the complainant that because of the access he had at the car dealership, he could help him get a car at a much lower price than the market value. Anil Chaudhari and his wife claimed that they could help the complainant get an SUV for Rs 11 lakh as against the market price of over Rs 14 lakh. Anil Chaudhari even took the complainant cop to a car showroom to show the car. The couple, however, said the amount will have to be paid in advance to them.
Over the next few days, the complainant borrowed Rs three lakh from a friend, took a loan of Rs 6.5 lakh from the Police Cooperative Credit Society, and added Rs 1.5 lakh from his savings to pay Rs 11 lakh to the suspect couple. For the next several months, the suspects kept avoiding and dodging the complainant and kept telling him that the car was on the way. When the complainant started demanding his money back, the couple started telling him that there was an issue with registering the car in the complainant’s name. They started telling him that they would get a car in their friend’s name which the complainant can use. The suspects then kept giving excuses before recently going incommunicado. The complainant later approached the Wakad police station with a complaint.
“Probe has revealed that the complainant is not the only one the suspects have cheated. We have reasons to believe there are multiple cases in which they cheated people in the same manner. One more offence in this regard was registered against the same set of suspects at Dehu Road police station. We suspect this is a racket and we have launched a probe into various leads available,” said an officer from Wakad police station.
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