"In May, one Narender, a businessman engaged in garment exports approached the Crime Branch that he had been cheated by Virender Mohan Brar, Baba Brar and others".
The complainant alleged that few years ago he came in contact with one person who told him about huge profits in dealing in Rice Puller.
The pair allegedly convinced the businessman to buy a copper plate for US$213,156 ($285,715), which they claimed had "special properties", police said on Wednesday. These are cons who allegedly duped a Delhi-based businessman of Rs. 1.43 crore claiming they worked for NASA.
After that, the victim entered into an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Virender Mohan Brar and paid Rs 5.6 lakh, Rs 19 lakh, Rs 24.6 lakh and Rs 38 lakh for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, fees of scientist, for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc.
The footage of the duo, adorned in silver space suits, being arrested by the police has since gone viral, BBC reported.
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The crafty pair had apparently coated the copper plate with "liquid magnet" and small iron wires to try to fool the victim.
While the tests were scheduled to take place immediately, Brar and Mohan reportedly kept delaying it with some excuse or the other.
The accused, Virender Mohan Brar and his son Nitin Mohan Brar, had claimed they wanted to test the device, a "rare piece of copper struck by thunderbolt giving it the power to pull rice". Soon he informed the police about the defrauding and got them arrested.
The cheats tell their victims that the RP will be purchased by NASA/DRDO for thousands of crores but the organizations will test it before purchasing. The duo spun a yarn about procuring a metal called "Rice Puller" which was highly sought after by NASA. Later the victim found out that the so called "scientists" were working with the accused at a monthly salary of Rs 20,000 and the entire scheme was a sham.
Narender then complained about the matter to the police after which the duo was arrested. During the investigation, the RP copper plate, alleged anti-radiation suits, alleged anti-radiation chemical stickers were recovered from the accused along with laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals, cheque books, fake IDs and an Audi vehicle.