A couple allegedly cheated a jeweller by giving him paper slips used in board games instead of money in exchange of buying 56-grams of gold on Monday. The incident happened at Verma jewellers in the main market of Jodhan town in Ludhiana.
According to shop owner Shyam Sunder Verma, two persons who came in a grey coloured Maruti Swift, purchased 56-grams of gold worth Rs 1.70 lakh and said that the cash is lying in the car and went out to get it. They gave him money in the currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 and left. However, later when he checked, they were paper slips used by children in board games. The notes had ‘Bhartiya Manoranjan Bank’ written over them in place of Reserve Bank of India.
Verma said that he failed to notice that currencies were fake as they appeared identical to real ones but later realized the difference. Jarnail Singh, SHO, Jodhan police station said that the paper slips which the accused gave to Verma were from some board game of children and ‘Bhartiya Manoranjan Bank’ was written on them. CCTV footage are being checked to identify the couple. The Swift car was also without registration number plate. He added that two CCTV clips procured by police are grainy and faces are not clearly visible in them.
An FIR has been registered against two unidentified persons at Jodhan police station under section 420 (cheating) of IPC.