Pune: An autorickshaw driver was duped of Rs 1 lakh by two men in Hadapsar on the pretext of providing him foreign currency.
The complainant, Mustafa Bagwan (40), a resident of Shivneri Nagar in Kondhwa was defrauded by the two men who introduced themselves as Salim Sheikh and Khalid Sheikh.
According to Hadapsar police, the driver first came in contact with Salim whom he ferried to Pune Railway Station on Tuesday. Salim told him that he is not carrying Indian currency notes and gave him a foreign currency note. He also gave the driver his contact number and asked him to contact him to get his auto fare.
Vijay Zanjad, Police Sub-Inspector, Hadapsar Police Station, said, “After receiving the foreign currency note, the auto driver went to a currency exchange store and was informed that its valuation is equal to Rs 1280. The auto driver then contacted Salim and demanded more such currency in exchange of Indian money.”
Zanjad said Salim and his brother Khalid initially demanded Rs 5 lakh from the driver in order to provide him 1,000 foreign currency notes but later agreed to Rs 2 lakh.
“Salim and Khalid both remained in contact with the driver for two days and met him on Saturday. The driver ferried them to a vegetable market in Hadapsar where the accused took Rs 1 lakh from him and handed him a carry bag which had blank papers inside. They asked the driver to check the bag and escaped while he was doing it,” added Zanjad.
Zanjad said the victim approached them after he realised he had been duped. However, he was not able to identify the foreign currency note which was initially handed over to him by the fraudsters. A case of cheating has been registered against both suspects.