February 16, 2019:
They used to spend a lot of money in betting on cricket matches & had suffered a loss of Rs 40 – Rs 45 lakh about six months back.
Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested three men, including a lawyer & an MBA graduate, & recovered from them at least 510 LED television sets, which they had allegedly fled with after borrowing them for sale from various dealers. The television sets were recovered from a godown in Sonepat.
The suspects were identified as Vikas (35), a lawyer, his associate Harendra (33), an MBA graduate & Praveen (33), a class 12 drop out, all residents of Haryana’s Sonepat. Police said that while Vikas used to practice law at a Sonepat court, Harendra was working as a medicine supplier. Police did not give the last names of the accused.
Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Rajesh Deo said that the case came to light when the police received a tip-off from Shasikant Gupta, a shopkeeper. Following this, a raid was conducted Wednesday at a building in Sonepat, where the police found the three men & the TV sets.
“During interrogation, Vikas said he used to spend a lot of money in betting on cricket matches & had suffered a loss of Rs 40 – Rs 45 lakh about six months back. In order to recover his losses, he got into a business of electronics & decided to dupe television dealers & shopkeepers,” Deo said.
Police said the accused allegedly also arranged for fake identity proofs & SIM cards. They were joined by another man, Anil, who is on the run. According to the police, Anil allegedly rented a shop at Delhi’s Bhagirath Palace using fake documents they had arranged.
“The suspects had adopted fake names to address each other at the shop so that they could not be traced. Initially, they purchased some LED TVs from the shopkeepers in cash but later started dealing on a credit basis. In the last week of January, they bought around 700 smart LED TV sets from several shopkeepers on credit & later fled after shutting their shop,” the additional commissioner of police (crime), Rajiv Ranjan, said.