Nabarangpur /Dabugam: Two persons have been detained for allegedly selling a fake gold conch to a youth of Puri district and cheating Rs 3 lakhs from him.
The matter came to the fore after the victim lodged a complaint with Dabugam police station. The accused persons were identified as Sanasai Goud of Kailari village and Raghu Bhatra of Chatiguda village under Dabugam PS limits in Nabarangpur district.
According to a complaint lodged by Mithun Behera (26), a resident of Balidia village under Astaranga PS limits in Puri district, the accused duo was working under a contractor in Bhubaneswar where his younger brother Bikash Behera was also working. During a conversation with Bikash, accused Sanasai claimed that he could acquire a “golden conch” from his village at a cheap price. Following which Mithun met Sanasai to crack a deal.
On December 11, Sanasai brought them to Dabugam and took them to a secluded place, nearly 7 km away from the village, where he showed them the “gold conch” pricing it at Rs 6 lakhs. He even drilled a portion and collected the dust to get it tested. After that Mithun returned home and found that the dust particles were pure gold.
Lured by the lucrative offer, they again reached Dabugam on December 20 and bought the conch by initially paying Rs 3 lakhs. Mithun then asked them to send someone along with to Bhubaneswar to get the rest 3 lakhs. However, the accused tactfully handed them a conch made of brass and asked them to wait for some time till they come back. But no one returned after that.
Following this, Mithun and his friend returned to Bhubaneswar. Upon testing the “gold conch”, they found that it was a fake one made of brass. Then, they immediately called the accused Sanasai over the phone and demanded their money back. But the accused did not return the money, the complaint further stated.
Earlier, two similar cases of cheating were busted by the Dabugam police and this is the third such case.