Father, son arrested for cheating man of Rs 1.43 cr

Father, son arrested for cheating man of Rs 1.43 cr

The accused claimed to be testing a Rice Puller, a brass plate apparently charged by thunderbolt. Twitter/ANI

A father and son have been arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for purportedly cheating a man of Rs 1.43 crore on the pretext of selling and testing Rice Puller, apparently used by research agencies, police said on Wednesday.

In May, Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports, approached the crime branch stating that he was cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar and others who claimed that they are involved in testing a Rice Puller aka ‘RP’, a brass plate apparently charged by thunderbolt and required by Nasa/DRDO for space research.

The complainant stated that a few years ago, he came in contact with one person who told him about the huge profits in dealing with Rice Puller, police said.

The victim met Virender, managing director of a company, who told him that his company could arrange for the sale of ‘RP’ to Nasa at a price of around Rs 37,500 crore after testing its genuineness, which would be done by scientists of the DRDO and some chemicals would have to be imported for it, police said.

Virender also told the complainant that they would pay Rs 10 crore on the spot as token money if the test finds it to be "OK", they said.

The victim entered into a MoU with Virender and paid Rs 87.2 lakh for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, fees of scientist, for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc.

The RP was to be tested in Hapur but could not happen as the accused made an excuse that the place was not conducive and after that, the testing was delayed by them on one pretext or another, police said.

At the same time, the other associates of the seller of ‘RP’ mounted pressure on the victim for finalisation of the deal or said they would sell it to some other person and took him to another company and convinced him that he would not be cheated this time, police said.

After that the complainant again entered into a MoU with the company and paid Rs 51.1 lakh on different occasions for the testing of ‘RP’, which was scheduled in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, they said.

Later, the victim came to know that the said ‘scientist’ was working with the accused for Rs 20,000, police said.

Subsequently, Virender and his son Nitin Mohan alias Baba Brar, were arrested, they said.

During the investigation, the ‘RP’ copper plate, anti-radiation scientist suits of Nasa and anti-radiation chemical stickers were seized from their possession.

"Rice Puller is a non-existent thing, but cheats take a copper plate or utensil and coat it with liquid magnet and then fill some boiled rice with small iron wires and befool the victim by pulling the rice grain towards the magnet coated copper article," said Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police (Crime).