Hardware trader duped of Rs 7.91 lakh

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NAGPUR: Raju Nanotkar, a paint and hardware shop owner at Bidipeth, has been duped of Rs7.91 lakh by two fraudsters identified as Vishal Kumar and Suresh Desai by allegedly furnishing fake cheques to pay for materials ordered from his outlet.
The duo called Nanotkar in December last year identifying themselves as representatives of a firm dealing in government contracts. Kumar had identified himself as the manager of the firm which had a godown at Wadi. Desai had claimed that he was the proprietor of the firm.

The two ordered around 180 containers of paint of different companies which was supposed to be delivered at several sites named by them. Kumar and Desai had also sought for estimates of the materials to be supplied through email.
Nanotkar, after supplying the materials, asked for the payment and the duo sent him two cheques of IDBI bank, Ath Rasta chowk branch. In January this year, Nanotkar had received a call from Kumar that he should not deposit the cheques. After a week, Nanotkar received another call requesting to refrain from depositing the cheque.
However, Nanotkar deposited the cheques and they bounced.
A miffed Nanotkar then contacted Desai who claimed to be in Raipur and unwell. He sought another couple of days from Nanotkar to meet in city and to clear the dues.
Realizing something amiss, Nanotkar tried to trace the residence of Desai at Rana Pratap Nagar and also their godowns at Wadi but was left stunned to find both the addresses to be fake.
Nanotkar then approached Sakkardara police station where an offence of cheating and criminal breach of trust was registered.