Pune: Kothrud police have booked three persons on charges of duping a 42-year-old man to the tune of Rs 12 lakh by posing as officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS). The suspects had lured the victim by promising him a government-auctioned flat at a residential tower in Kharadi area of Pune city and a vehicle at very low price.
The victim, Yogesh Walhe (42), a resident of Bhau Patil Road has filed a complaint in this regard at the Kothrud police station. Based on his complaint, police have lodged a FIR against three persons. The three suspects have been booked under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (Criminal breach of trust), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 170 (Personating a public servant), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document), 465 (Punishment for forgery), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to police, the suspects came in contact of Walhe last year. One of the prime suspects had impersonated an IRS officer when they approached Walhe. The other two suspects were wearing uniforms of a government driver and security personnel. All the suspects were also carrying fake identity cards. The car in which the suspects came to meet the complainant had a beacon and a sticker claiming it to be an asset of the Government of India.
The suspects lured Walhe into purchasing a four-wheeler vehicle and a flat at a residential tower in Kharadi area, being allegedly auctioned by the state government of Telangana, at very low prices. The suspects took Rs 12.06 lakh from Walhe through online transactions, but later refused to entertain him. Upon realising that he has been duped by the trio, Walhe approached Kothrud police and lodged a complaint against them.