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Five arrested for impersonating ED agents and looting $1.69 million in TN

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Five arrested for impersonating ED agents and looting $1.69 million in TN

Chennai, Feb 6 (IANS) Five persons have been arrested for posing as Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials, for carrying out a fake raid on a businessman’s office and looting 1, 69 million rupees.

The culprits also took away two luxury cars and a pair of expensive mobile phones.

The accused have been identified as Vijay Karthick (37), Narendra Nath (45), Rajasekar (39), Loganathan (41), Gopinath (46).

The arrests were made following a complaint by one person Anguraj and his partner Durai, both cotton yarn traders in Tiruppur. The duo, according to the police, complained that they were robbed by certain people posing as ED officers.

The whistleblowers said they received a phone call from a private company in Hyderabad claiming that they were planning to execute a construction project in Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Erode.

The callers, according to Anguraj and Durai, asked them for investments and assured them that they would be paid double the amount within a short time.

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Police said the duo believed the callers and managed to fix Rs 1.69 crore. The callers then asked for the photograph of the money which both Anguraj and Durai immediately sent to the callers.

After some time, a group of five men arrived at Anguraj’s office claiming to be ED officials. Anguraj and Durai in their complaint said the five took the cash and left with the two luxury cars and mobile phones. They also took away the footage from the CCTV camera and fled the scene.

The cotton yarn traders grew suspicious after the CCTV footage was taken down and lodged a complaint with the Tiruppur city police.

The police immediately formed four special teams that tracked down the culprits and arrested them.

— IANS

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