A 31-year-old city-based drummer, Sachin Dhande, who performs with a musical band registered a case against fellow orchestra member for cheating him to the tune of Rs 47,000. The case was registered with Bhosari police station on Tuesday night. Three months ago Dhande was accosted by a person, who posed as a sleuth from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and said that the bike he was riding was stolen and threatened to register a case against Dhande. Terrified of the consequences, Dhande gave him Rs 47,000 cash to save his skin.
However, the matter came to light when recently Dhande spotted the same man with one of his orchestra member, Abhijeet Gaikwad and started investigating the turn of events. Turns out,Gaikwad had informed the man, who posed as an ACB officialthat Dhande was easy to dupe as he is timid. After finding out about the incident, Dhande lodged a complaint with the local police. “I have been working as a drummer with a local musical orchestra group in the city and Abhijeet works as a keyboard player in the same group and I am shocked that he was behind the entire conspiracy,” said Dhande. The suspect, who’s name cropped up during Gaikwad’s interrogation has been identified as Anil alias William Andres Gajbhiye (45) a resident of Dapodi.
Dhande further stated that earlier this year on June 11, Gaikwad and he were on their way to Bhosari for some work on his bike. “When we reached Dapodi, a car overtook my bike and intercepted us and William got down from the car and asked us to stop,” he said. William introduced himself as an official from anti-corruption bureau and said that bike was stolen. “Gaikwad too pretended to be scared and advised me to settle the matter by giving money,” Dhande added. When few weeks ago, Gaikwad spotted the two together, he started spying them and investigating their connection. Assistant police inspector, M K Naikawade of Bhosari police station said that they have arrested both the suspects under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.