A Delhi businessman was allegedly duped of Rs 1.43 crore by a father-son duo, both motor mechanics, who promised to sell him a metallic plate claiming it had unique physical properties necessary for scientific research, police said on Tuesday, a media report said.
Calling the copper plate a ‘rice puller’, the conmen told the businessman he could sell it to NASA for Rs 37,500 crore if it ‘tested’ positive for the special physical properties. The cheating happened on the pretext of arranging the testing procedure that included arranging special chemicals, calling foreign scientists and buying special Hazmat suits for them.
Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police (crime), said the duo was arrested after the victim approached the police in April on realising that the scheduled scientific tests were being constantly postponed.
The ‘rice puller’ copper plate, fake Hazmat suits and other protective gear have been recovered from the duo, identified as Virender Mohan Brar, 56, and his 30-year-old son, Nitin Mohan.
In the latest case in Delhi, the father-son duo told their victims that the ‘rice puller’ plate could be charged by thunderbolt.
That property gave it the power to attract rice grains and led to its demand at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as it could help generate energy, the conmen told their victims.