Maha: Ophthalmologist duped by conmen posing as BMC officials
Mumbai: A city-based ophthalmologist was recently duped of Rs 26,600 by two conman, who allegedly posed as an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and framed him for non-payment of signboard charges.
The accused has been identified as a 28-year-old choreographer, Vivek Sadare, a resident of DN Nagar, Andheri (West), who is now placed under arrest by the Oshiwara police.
As per a recent media report in Hindustan Times, the eye specialist, Dr Sanjay Chaudhary was bluffed by the conman, who told him that charges for his signboard outside his dispensary were pending for the past couple of years. Thus, he would have to pay the amount along with a certain fine.
The next day, two men arrived at the dispensary and collected an amount to the tune of Rs 26,600. Soon after, the doctor realized that he had been cheated, and filed a complaint with the police.
A team led by sub-inspectors Mahendra Puri and Tushar Sawant checked footages of all CCTV cameras installed in the area and identified the accused and arrested him from DN Nagar on October 15.
Dayanand Bangar, the senior inspector from Oshiwara police station, told HT that they received a complaint from a doctor in September saying that two men came to his clinic posing as BMC officials and questioned him about non-payment of signboard charges.
"The accused told him that the total amount to be paid was Rs 26,600. The next day, one of the accused went to the dispensary and collected the amount," Bangar added.
Police further mentioned that the accused has another case of cheating registered against him at Khar police station.