Mumbai crime: Dadar police nabs man for cheating garment merchants

The accused allegedly failed to pay outstanding bills to the duo and fled the city

Dadar police arrested a man for allegedly cheating two Dadar-based garment merchants by fleeing from the city before paying outstanding bills. A case of cheating worth Rs 38 lakh was registered at the police station in the last week of December, after which the cops nabbed the accused from Karnataka on Thursday.

Shivram Mohanlal Lal
Shivram Mohanlal Lal

According to police officials, the accused, Shivram Mohanlal Lal (30), was in constant touch with the two merchants since January 2014. Police sub-inspector HS Chaudhary from Dadar police station said, “The accused had initially worked with a garment company to study how it functions. After that, he got in touch with the merchants, Hitesh Chheda and Gaurang Chadva, in January.” Initially, Lal purchased the material from the duo, but towards the end of April, he didn’t pay the money. Instead, he resold the material and made money out the purchases.

“He claimed that he will pay them the month after as he didn’t have the money. By the month of September, the accused avoided the merchants’ calls, who then decided to check on him by going to his house. They realised that the accused had fled from the city along with his family,” added Chaudhary. The police soon procured his mobile number from his in-laws. “We learnt that he was in Karnataka,” said Chaudhary.

The accused has been booked under Sections 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code.

He has been remanded to police custody till Monday.

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