Two dupe bizman of Rs 1.5 cr, held

Hannah Rogers
May 10, 2018

Police in New Delhi have arrested a father and son dressed in radiation suits who convinced a businessman to give them more than $260,000, claiming they had a deal with NASA.

They had also assured the man that the "Rice Puller" could be sold to Nasa for around $5.5bn.

Delhi Police say at least 30 people fell for the swindle, and paraded the pair in their crinkly silver outfits for the press.

"[They] duped the victim on [the] pretext of arranging special suits to be worn by scientists for testing, buying chemicals required for testing, his fees etc", Mr Singh wrote on Twitter.

The testing of the RP was eventually scheduled in UP's Hapur but was cancelled because apparently the place was not conducive to the test, following which the testing was cancelled for a couple of times more.

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The accused, Virender Mohan Brar and his son Nitin Mohan Brar, had claimed they wanted to test the device, a "rare piece of copper struck by thunderbolt giving it the power to pull rice".

The businessman went to the police with a complaint and the duo was arrested and have not given any statement. The police told the media that they covered the copper plate with a liquid magnet in order to fool the businessman. He further came to know that he had been cheated and the so-called scientists are members of the racket, the police said.

After that the complainant again entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company and again paid Rs 51.1 lakh on different occasions for the testing of "RP" which was scheduled in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. At social gatherings, the father-son duo performed this trick, and if it drew the attention of any potential customer, they would continuously follow up with him and pose as a "rice-puller seller". The duo spun a yarn about procuring a metal called "Rice Puller" which was highly sought after by NASA.

According to the police, the victim later found out that the "scientist" was working with the accused, and was being paid ₹20,000.

During probe, the alleged RP copper plate, anti-radiation suits from NASA and anti-radiation chemical stickers were recovered along laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals, US, one Audi auto from the accused.

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