Failing to receive the oxygen concentrator, the woman lodged a complaint at Pant Nagar police station.   |  Photo Credit: PTI
- The accused, identified as Bunty Jarwal alias Rahul Desai, is a resident of Ulhasnagar area.
- He was arrested by Pant Nagar police earlier this week.
Mumbai: In yet another case of fraud, a 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly duping COVID patients and their kins on the pretext of selling oxygen concentrators at a low price in Maharashtra capital Mumbai.
The accused, identified as Bunty Jarwal alias Rahul Desai, is a resident of Ulhasnagar area. He was arrested by Pant Nagar police earlier this week.
Jarwal circulated his mobile number on social media to pose as seller of oxygen concentrators. Soon after, people approached him for buying oxygen concentrators, a report in Hindustan Times quoted a police official as saying.
He used to ask victims for money in advance through online mode of payment. But after getting the money, he did not deliver oxygen concentrators to the customers.
Police said that the accused used to put up stalls at various exhibitions held across India and exchange mobile numbers with the customers visiting his stall.
Earlier in April this year, a woman from Ghatkopar, who was in dire need of oxygen had approached Jarwal for buying an oxygen concentrator for her relative after seeing his WhatsApp status. Jarwal had asked the woman to make an advance payment of Rs 1.35 lakh. However, on receiving the payment, he ceased contact with the woman.
Failing to receive the oxygen concentrator and realising that she was duped, the woman lodged a complaint at Pant Nagar police station. Another man from Gujarat also claimed that he was cheated by the accused of Rs 1 lakh in a similar fashion.
“We first tried to find his address through his bank account details. However, the address turned out to be fake. We later traced him to Ulhasnagar and arrested him. The accused has confessed to duping a Gujarat man of Rs 1 lakh,” a report in Free Press Journal quoted Suhas Kamble, senior inspector of Pant Nagar police station as saying.
During lockdown earlier this year, Jarwal faced severe financial crisis. In order to make his ends meet and also to make easy money, the accused resorted to cheating people and circulated messages about supplying oxygen concentrators at a reasonable price. Police have now freezed his bank account.