6 ‘treasure hunters’ held for duping people, selling fake gold coins

The Ludhiana police on Monday busted a gang of 'treasure hunters' who duped people by selling fake gold coins.

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff arrested six accused, including two women, and recovered 5.50 kg fake gold coins and 2 kg duplicate gold necklaces from them.

The accused have been identified as Ishwar alias Rakesh from New Delhi, Lalit Kumar from New Delhi, Suresh Kumar and his mother Devi, residents of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Ramesh Solanki from New Delhi and Babli from Rohini in New Delhi.

Addressing a press conference, Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal said the accused pretended to be labourers and contacted clients in various states. They claimed to find treasures from historic lands in Patiala, Malerkotla and then sold them.

The accused confessed their crime and admitted involvement in 24 incidents, including duping a woman doctor from Ludhiana and Amritsar resident of Rs 5 lakh each.

A case has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station under Section 420 of of the IPC.

The accused got duplicate gold coins from Karol Bagh, Delhi. The DCP said the police were trying to find their accomplices in Delhi.

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