Conman who duped 32 people of over Rs 2.3 crore arrested

The Swargate police arrested a 32-year-old conman from Osmanabad last week for allegedly duping as many as 32 people of over Rs 2.3 crore.

Mohan Rajurkar, a resident of Paranda in Osmanabad, who owned Car Care Zone on Shankarsheth Road, duped people on the pretext of buying them luxury cars at heavy discounts during Diwali last year.

Acting on a complaint filed by Sameer Verma (42) of Shankarsheth Road on November 19 last year, the police arrested Rajurkar and recovered cash and ornaments worth Rs 19.81 lakh from him.

Ram Pathare, in-charge of Swargate police station, said, "Boasting of his good contacts with dealers, Razurkar used to approach people promising them heavy discounts on new cars. He also offered people to sell off their cars for good amount. His name spread through word of mouth and people started paying him money for luxury cars. He also dealt in insurance-related work of vehicles engaged in accidents."

Verma, who works as a chief engineer with a shipping company, had paid Rs 15 lakh to Razurkar who promised him to deliver a car on Diwali. However, Razurkar disappeared with the money.

"When Verma called the automobile company, he was informed that no car was booked on his name. When he went to Razurkar's office to enquire about it, he found many people who were searching for him," said Pathare.

Police said people had paid him in cash and cheque ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 97 lakh. Since then, personnel from crime branch and Swargate police had been on Razurkar's trail.

A team comprising assistant inspector P M Kathane, head constable Pradeep Jadhav, police naik Amzad Pathan and police naik Shakil Shaikh visited Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Barshi and Solapur to nab him.

"Till now 32 persons have approached us with complaints. We appeal to citizens duped by Razurkar to contact Swargate police station," added Pathare.

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