Police zeroed in on them following a tip-off
Two youth from Gujarat were arrested on the charge of selling fake gold jewellery to unsuspecting public. Following a complaint that a group of Hindi-speaking youth were moving in parts of the city hawking fake gold ornaments, the Inspector General and Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur formed special teams to track them.
The police zeroed in on them following a tip-off from a would-be victim, an advocate. Based on their confessions, the police recovered long chains weighing nearly two kilos, which resembled original gold.
“If the transaction had taken place, the complainant may have paid Rs 10 lakh for the so called valuables,” the police officers told the media here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Mr. Thirunavukkarasu said that the modus operandi of the two youth - Prabhu (22) and Eshwar (25) –was to dupe prospective buyers by showing them a few genuine gold items and replacing them with fakes at the time of sale.
He cautioned the public and not to fall prey to bargain offers when gold prices were soaring.
The police tracked the mobile calls of the duo and learnt that they were eight to ten gang members from Gujarat who had fanned out to different party of the city. “Some are understood to have gone to towns like Palani…We are investigating,” the officers said.