The Puri police on Wednesday arrested three persons, including a cadet assistant sub-inspector, for trying to con an Angul-based jeweller and seized Rs 10 lakh from their possession.
The jeweller was attempting to buy Customs-seized gold at a cheaper rate and had been asked to come to Puri to pick up the consignment unaware that he was the target of a fraud. The three arrested were identified as Manoj Das, Prabhat Sahoo and Kunu Sahoo.
Police said it was gang of five which had zeroed in on the jeweller Bijay Prusty a few days back.
He had been assured one and a half kilogram of gold ingots at Rs 10 lakh by the gang members. Prusty had come to Cuttack a couple of days back to hold negotiations during which the gang members had got him to talk to a “customs” officer too.
He is being traced by the police.
Prusty had checked in at a private hotel in Puri where the deal was to be struck. The two sides met at a room and the jeweller was asked to pay the cash in advance so that it could be counted and verified.
This is when Manoj, the ASI, walked in as an on-duty policeman seeking to know what was going on in the room. Most of members from both the sides fled since it was not a genuine gold purchase deal.
Suspecting Manoj’s role, Puri police picked him up first and rounded up the rest two from whom the cash was seized. Three others managed to escape.
Following interrogation, it was revealed that the gang had been duping people in various districts and Prusty had come in contact with them since he wanted to buy cheap gold.
One of the three at large is a Malayalam speaking man from Cuttack and he had posed as the Customs officer.
A case has been lodged with Town Police Station and investigation is on.