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Mumbai: Doctor duped of Rs 2 lakh by man during demonetization in Charkop

09:06 PM Jun 15, 2021 | Staff Reporter

Mumbai: Charkop Police have registered a case against a man for allegedly duping a doctor to the tune of ₹2 lakh on the pretext of helping her get funds during the demonetization. While police are on the lookout for the accused, no arrests have been made as yet.

According to police, the complainant, who got married in 2016, was badly hit by demonetization, due to which cash withdrawals were capped at a meagre amount, unless it was for a wedding. At that time, her family needed ₹5 lakh for the marriage expenditure, but the government had allowed withdrawal upto ₹2.5 lakh. The doctor, who knew Mahendra Vishwakarma from social circles, approached her by claiming that if she wired ₹2.5 lakh to him, he could arrange the cash through an associate's current account.

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Believing him, the doctor transferred the amount in his bank and when she needed the money in 2017, he returned ₹50,000 in cash, keeping the remaining ₹2 lakh in his account. When the doctor, however, asked him to return the remaining cash, he started avoiding her calls and ignored her messages. Upon insistence, Vishwakarma gave the doctor multiple cheques of ₹2 lakh, which were dishonoured in the bank and bounced.

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While the doctor kept demanding her money back, Vishwakarma has been untraceable since last three months, wherein the complainant was convinced she has been duped. She approached Charkop Police and lodged a complaint, following which a case has been registered against Vishwakarma for cheating.

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