Indian businessmen flee after swindling millions from Pokhara locals

Dec 18, 2017-Four Indian men impersonating as traders have fled after they swindled millions of rupees from locals in Pokhara. The swindlers duped the locals to pay money in advance by luring them with the goods at very cheap price, the locals complained.

The men had rented a shutter and opened Oxygen Traders in Sirjana Chok and sold various goods including electronic devices, furniture and kitchenware at almost half the market price rate. They had asked locals to make the full payment in advance to book their required products and take the delivery in 15 days. Locals queued up before the shop and paid from Rs 500 to Rs 500,000 hoping to cash in on the offer.

It was only when they reached to take the delivery of their products on Monday morning they found out they were swindled by the conmen. The shutter has remained shut with a notice saying the delivery will be delayed by a few days. The four Indian conmen have been named as Mithun Rawan, 53, Rajendra Shetty, Murkhanandam Tewar and Mathu Udiyar, 45, all from Tamil Nadu state in India. Some locals said they had received order from the traders when they booked them for the first time.

Police had even arrested the four men on December 6 but had to release them when some 60 customers reached police station three days later and said they were receiving their goods. “We had no written complaint filed against them. When people came and said they were receiving whatever they had ordered, we had no option but to release them,” said DSP Khadga Bahadur Khatri.

Locals claimed more people had booked for more items following the release of the four men. Most of the locals who booked for their items are from Sirjana Chowk, Jalparoad, Malepatan and other surrounding areas. Police has arrested six staffers for further investigation.