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Three B’desh nationals held for looting people on pretext of giving dollar bills

Delhi Police arrested three Bangladeshi nationals including a woman and her son for allegedly robbing “rich and literate people” on the pretext of selling dollars, police said on Thursday. Police said that the arrested accused, Mohammad Farook (36), Salma (48) and her son Ujjal (27), all residents of Madaripur in Bangladesh were taken into custody from Geeta Colony.

Police said that on September 21, one Kanhaiya Sharma, resident of Noida complained that he had been robbed by a gang on the pretext of selling dollars.

After zeroing in on the exact location of the gang, the police team laid a trap and arrested all three criminals.

According to a senior police official of the East district, the gang approached a potential victim with a US dollar. They mostly went to malls where they targeted rich and literate people by posing themselves as an illiterate persons to gain the victim’s confidence. 

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they came to India seven to eight months ago. They recently trapped a victim on the pretext of selling the dollar note and asked him if he was interested to have more .The complainant showed his interest in exchanging dollars with Indian currency and they fixed a deal to exchange the currency.

The official further added that they would show the victims a dollar and ask: “Sir, can you please tell me what this is? We found it on the ground... Is this of any value?” They would say they had around 6,000 more such dollars,” said the officer.” 

If the victim fell for their tale, they would negotiate a “deal” to sell him or her all the dollars in exchange for a meagre amount of Indian currency. The accused would plead that they were in dire need of money. “Some victims agreed to buy the 6,000 dollar bills,” the officer said. 

The gang would then woo the victims to an isolated place to exchange the currency. Instead, they would rob the victims, taking away their money and valuables at gun or knife point in exchange of the currency.

Police said that the gang leader, identified to be one Tultul, is still absconding.
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