Two arrested for cheating dealer of diamonds worth over Rs 50 lakh

Police said the two men put together a database of diamond dealers by collecting their numbers from a website and then duped them

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested two persons for cheating a diamond dealer of gemstones worth over Rs 50 lakh.

Police said the accused —Deepak (32) of Shakarpur and Raviraj Gupta alias Basu Bhai of Kolkata — put together a database of diamond dealers by looking up their numbers from the website of Just Dial and went about duping them.

Police said Binu Jain, a diamond dealer, had approached them alleging that the duo had fled with eight diamonds worth over Rs 50 lakh.

In his complaint, Jain said one Basu Bhai had contacted him over the phone and requested him to show some diamonds at his office in South Extension.

DCP (Crime) SBS Tyagi said, "Basu Bhai had got the dealer's number from the Just Dial portal. He asked the dealer to come to his office with the diamonds. The complainant reached his office with one 4-carat KSI-1; one

3-carat 3.51, ESI-2; five pieces pear shape 0.95-carat; and, one blue sapphire 4.63. The accused took a look at the diamonds and told Jain that he needed to show them to his brother, who was in another room, before finalising the deal. Jain agreed and waited in the outer room of the office for over an hour."

"Jain alleged that the accused never returned with the diamonds and fled through a back door. We registered a case on his complaint and formed a team to nab the accused. On receiving a tip-off, a trap was laid and the accused were arrested on Saturday. Seven diamonds were recovered from them," Tyagi said.

Police said the accused, who were convicted in several burglary cases, met in jail and became friends. "Ravi was a goldsmith and could evaluate diamonds easily. So the duo decided to cheat jewellers. We are trying to ascertain if they had cheated others in a similar manner," a police officer said.

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