7 held for fraud

Special Correspondent

They tried to sell a hospital in Puducherry to its owner

TAMBARAM: Personnel of the Central Crime Branch of the Chennai Suburban Police on Wednesday arrested seven people, including a woman, on charges of attempting to sell a full-fledged hospital cum medical college on 46 acres in Puducherry, to none other than its owner.

Briefing reporters, CCB officials said Rajagopal, a Chennai-based businessman, had established Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Puducherry .

Some days ago, a group of men had contacted businessmen in different parts of the State, informing them that a hospital in Puducherry was up for sale.

They contacted a woman in Coimbatore, who sent two of her colleagues to Puducherry to inspect the hospital.

The woman, through some of her friends in Chennai, established contact with Rajagopal, seeking his advice on the business venture.

Rajagopal, who suspected something fishy, asked the women to direct the group of men to his office in Pazhavanthangal.

Fake documents

On Wednesday, the men met Rajagopal, unaware that he was the owner of the hospital, presented fake documents of the property.

Pretending that he was interested, he asked the men to return on Thursday. Later in the evening, Rajagopal complained at the Comissionerate in St.Thomas Mount, following which the CCB team was formed.

The policemen arrested the seven persons – Venkatraman (53), Ramesh (50) and Ashmat (43) of Puducherry, Bhagyaraj (60) of Gandharvakottai, Prabhakaran (54) of Bangalore , Rajagopal (57) of Coimbatore and Palanichamy (60) of Dindigul from different lodges in the city.

Real estate dealers

They were all real estate dealers and had conspired to “sell” prime property, including such hospitals and colleges to unsuspecting clients. Their plan was to collect as much money as possible in the form of advance from gullible persons before vanishing.

Woman relieved of gold chain

A 78-year-old woman was relieved of her gold chain weighing about eight sovereigns near her house in Perungalathur on Wednesday evening.

Police said that Mary Thangam of Srinivasan Nagar was coming home from a medical shop in the neighbourhood when two men on a motorcycle intercepted her and snatched her chain. The Peerkankaranai police are investigating.

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