The police today arrested a 32-year-old techie, who allegedly duped a Sambalpur based jeweller of gold and diamond jewellery worth about Rs 27 lakh. Police said, the accused posed himself as Project Manager of a private company and developed relationship with owner of Sambalpur based, Sonika Jewellery, Ashok Soni around four months ago. The accused also told Ashok that he owned 4 acres of land at Boldabazar in Bileigarh of Chhattisgatrh. They both had also visited Bileigarh. The accused also showed a fake cheque of Rs 6.5 crore, which was issued in his favour, to Ashok. Police said that the accused succeeded in winning confidence of Ashok Soni by showing the false cheque.
The accused said he required jewellery for his sister's marriage and assured that he would pay the money after the encashment of the cheque. "He took gold and diamond jewellery of Rs 27 lakh in three phases and suddenly vanished from Sambalpur," Ashok alleged. Ashok lodged a complaint in the Ainthapali police station in this regard on March 6 after he failed to get the accused person. Subsequently, police launched investigation and arrested the accused from Wardha in Maharashtra. "Police have recovered gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh from the possession of the accused. We are verifying whether the name, he revealed to police, is correct. We are also verifying whether he has criminal antecedent," said Additional Superintendent of Police, D R Ray. Inspector-in-charge of Ainthaplai police station, S. Barik said, during investigation, the accused said that he had completed engineering from an institute in Berhampur. Police said identity proofs in different names have been found from his possession. However, from preliminary investigation, the name of the accused has been found to be Himansu Patra of Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, police said.
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