Pune: Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Pune police have transferred a case to Deccan Police station in connection with cheating of a city-based businessman by two persons claiming to be African businessmen.
Deccan police have now filed FIR against the two suspects who have allegedly duped the businessman to the tune of Rs 1.63 crore. The businessman, Vikas Sawant (59), a resident of Model Colony has filed the complaint. Police have identified the suspects as Ajaz Riyaz Sherkar (49), resident of Kondhwa and Praveen Vasant Mate from Karvenagar. They have not been arrested so far.
As per the complainant, he runs business activities of export and import through his company Indway International. A common friend had introduced him to one Ajaz Sherkar four years back. Sherkar had told Sawant that he was a Zambian national dealing in goods import from Zambia to India. Ajaz had given a business proposal to Sawant during the meeting.
A deal was struck between Sawant and Sherkar about importing books. Sherkar had asked Sawant to meet a businessman in Sangli who also dealt in notebooks trading. Accordingly, Sawant and his wife went to Sangli and met the person, but he further directed the couple to meet another businessman in Mumbai.
Sawant met the Mumbai person and then imported several items like notebooks, sanitisers, napkins and electronic equipment. These items were imported in the name of Samruddhi Investment and Logwalk Zambia in seven containers. After the order arrived in the country, the suspects paid only 43 thousand US dollars to Sawant and refused to pay the remaining amount of about Rs 1.63 crore.
Deccan police said they are investigating the case after it was transferred to them by the economic offences wing recently. The suspects have allegedly duped eight more businessmen and police are investigating those cases too. Police Inspector Deepak Lagad is investigating the case.