An alleged conman who duped over 50 people on various pretexts has been arrested at Fatehpuri Beri in South Delhi. The police claim to have seized several stolen articles from him.

The police received a complaint from Dharamvatir Devi alleging that she had given some money in advance to a goldsmith to purchase jewellery for her daughter's marriage. However, the accused shut down his showroom on November 10 last year and vanished. She tried to contact him on his mobile phone, but found it switched off.

Based on her complaint, the police registered a case and launched a hunt for the suspect identified as Girgaj Soni. Investigations suggested that he had cheated over 50 people of money to the tune of Rs.1 crore. Acting on a tip-off that he had been hiding at Kurukshetra in Haryana, the police mounted raids and tracked him.

Girgaj, who belongs to Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, was brought to the Capital and arrested after he purportedly confessed to having cheated his customers. He allegedly disclosed that he came to the Capital a decade ago. He set up a jewellery shop and bought his own house. The accused started borrowing money on interest to maintain a lavish lifestyle and when he could not repay the debt, he started cheating people.

The police said Girgaj, already married, also made a senior woman manager in his showroom sell her house at Malviya Nagar for Rs.28 lakh by promising to marry her. He then eloped with her to Kurukshetra.

“We have recovered 630 gm of silver, 2.17 kg of gold-plated silver, 57 gm of gold and some cash from him,” said a police officer.