Pune: Two conmen duped a cop’s 18-year-old daughter of gold ornaments worth Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 5,000 cash on the pretext of getting her Std XII marks increased by 5 per cent. One of them was arrested on Thursday.
The case was registered on Wednesday in Bharati Vidyapeeth police station after the victim Diksha Dattatraya Purale’s father, who is a policeman, noticed that she didn’t have her gold chain and rings on. She then told him all about the accused — Micky Jadhav (23) and his accomplice Chetan Patil (25) — who said with the help of their contacts in the education board they could get her marks increased if she paid them R1 lakh.
“I had scored 66 per cent marks in my HSC exams last year and that was too less to become a doctor. My classmate Suraj Uneha had introduced me to Micky on June 30, who assured me he could get my marks increased and would charge Rs 25,000 for each per cent increase,” said Diksha while adding that after negotiations the accused settled for Rs 20,000 a per cent and she asked them for a 5 per cent raise.
Diksha gave them Rs 5,000 she had received as pocket money but after two days when Micky asked for more claiming that he had to give it to a corrupt board employee, she gave him her gold chain. “I had no money and I did not want to burden my parents. So I gave him the gold chain my grandmother had gifted me on my birthday. But they kept on demanding more. They had said they would get me the desired result by August 2015,” added Diksha.
“When I asked Micky about the delay, he said that through the board employee the cops can get to me. But they said that if I paid them extra they could make it all go away. So I ended up giving them my gold rings,” said Diksha, a resident of Narhe in Sinhagad Road.
After Diksha filed a complaint, police set up a trap to arrest the accused. Assistant police inspector Amol Deokar said, “We asked Diksha to ask them to meet her. We arrested Micky, an electrician, when he came to meet her and he claimed that he had given all the ornaments to Chetan, who melted the chain and sold it to a goldsmith.” Chetan is at large. Both the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating.