Indian police parade 'NASA conmen' in 'space suits'

Delhi Crime Branch arrests father son on pretext of selling NASA DRDO products

Delhi Crime Branch arrests father son on pretext of selling NASA DRDO products

Based on a complaint from businessman Narender that Mohan and Nitin cheated him claiming they were dealing Rice Pullers (RP) used by NASA for research.

He wrote they had assured the victim the "rice puller" would be sold to NASA for millions of rupees after it had been tested by scientists.

The men allegedly convinced the businessman to buy a copper plate for a hefty sum, which they claimed had "special properties" and could be sold to NASA for a huge profit. In an incident that took place in Delhi, a father-son duo reportedly duped a garments businessman of Rs 1.43 crore, after asking him to invest in a device that NASA apparently "required".

The accused have now been arrested from Dwarka by the Delhi Police.

"[They] duped the victim on [the] pretext of arranging special suits to be worn by scientists for testing, buying chemicals required for testing, his fees etc", Mr Singh wrote on Twitter.

RP or Rice Puller does not exist.

Police told Indian media the men passed off the metal plate as a "rare piece of copper", which they said was "struck by thunderbolt" giving the ability to attract rice.

Virender Mohan Brar also told the complainant that they would pay Rs 10 crore immediately as token money if the test found OK.

Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police (crime), said the duo was arrested after the victim approached the police in April on realising that the scheduled scientific tests were being constantly postponed.

After that the complainant again entered into a MoU with the company and paid Rs 51.1 lakh on different occasions for the testing of RP', which was scheduled in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, they said.

Later on, the victim came to know that the said scientist is working with the accused persons for monthly salary of Rs 20,000.

The Delhi Crime Branch has arrested a father and son on the pretext of selling a product to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). During the investigation, the RP copper plate, alleged anti-radiation suits, alleged anti-radiation chemical stickers were recovered from the accused along with laptop, printer, blank letter heads of Rehan Metals, cheque books, fake IDs and an Audi auto.

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