Cheats pull a fast one

Two men have been arrested for duping women at railway stations and bus halts of their jewellery, gaining their confidence and making them hand over their jewellery to them.

Laxman and Dana Ram, both aged 22 and residents of Ranjeet Nagar in central Delhi, were arrested near their homes on Monday, said additional commissioner of police (central) Devesh Chandra Srivastva.

The cheats mostly targetted women from rural areas. They would tell the victim to be careful of snatchers who could rob the jewellery she wore. The woman would also be shown a bundle of what looked like currency notes wrapped in black cloth.

Sumalati Singh of Siwan in Bihar reported at Patel Nagar police station that when she was at Prem Nagar railway crossing on July 16 two men approached her, showing  her a pack of `currency notes' totalling Rs 50,000. The men said they afraid the police might catch them.

They also put her in fear that the gold ornaments worn by her may get snatched. Sumalati was coaxed into handing over her jewellery – two earrings and three gold lockets in chain – and received a bundle of notes from them.

When she opened the packet later she found that only a Rs 100-note right on the top was real. The rest were note-sized pieces of white paper.

Police arrested Laxman and Dana  after  a tip-off. They disclosed they also carried  arms with them to thwart any resistance from the victims.

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