'Army major' dupes many on matrimonial sites

A man claimed to be a major in the army to dupe people on matrimonial websites. In one of the cases, he took Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of helping in buying a car from army canteen on 50 percent discount, police said. The accused has been identified as Kislay Thakur, who hails from Bihar.

His father retired as a colonel in the army and runs a coaching centre in Amritsar.“Kislay used to work with private companies and was not satisfied with his earnings due to which he decided to dupe people by posing as an army officer. He posed as Bangalore-resident Major Ashiq Bashir and claimed to be posted with Military Intelligence Unit in Leh,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Ranvir Singh.Kislay was arrested after a complaint was lodged by Syed Rizwan Ahmed with Janakpuri police station on June 10.

Ahmed alleged that in search of a suitable groom for his sister, he came in contact with a man who posed as Major Ashiq Bashir on a matrimonial site.

Ahmed was duped of Rs 5.95 lakh on the pretext of booking a Renault Duster car as a gift for the marriage.

Bashir lured Ahmed by saying that he will book the vehicle through army canteen, which would get him a discount of 50 per cent.

Bashir told Ahmed to deposit the money in his friend’s bank account.

Subsequently, Ahmed transferred the money in two instalments. Ahmed soon found that there was no officer named Bashir in the Military Intelligence Unit in Leh.On realising that he had been cheated, he approached police.

The accused was arrested in Gurgaon and his identity was revealed as Kislay Thakur,” Singh added.

Kislay’s interrogation revealed that he had earlier duped four women, but they did not lodge any police complaint.

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