The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police has received more complaints against the five Coimbatore natives arrested for duping a trader from Andhra Pradesh of Rs. 10 lakh. According to CCB officials, the arrested are accused of cheating traders in other parts of the State.
Gobi (35), Mahesh (43), Vimal (27), Sanjay (23) from Pappanaickanpalayam and Sivaraj (41) from Saibaba Colony were arrested recently based on a complaint filed by Riyas, a trader from Andhra Pradesh. The accused had purchased tamarind worth Rs. 10 lakh from Riyas by placing order online and failed to pay the money.
According to CCB officials, the accused had cheated a trader from Madurai of Rs. 31.28 lakh by purchasing millets, price of which they failed to pay. The accused also duped another trader from Madurai by purchasing pepper worth Rs. 11 lakh. Officials hinted that the gang had cheated more than 20 traders and the defrauded money would be over Rs. 1 crore. CCB officials are planning to seek custody of the five persons for further investigation. Another accused, Ramamoorthy, is at large, added officials.