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2 Held in Rs. 1.13 Crore Oxygen Concentrator Scam In Gujarat

2 Held in Rs. 1.13 Crore Oxygen Concentrator Scam In Gujarat

Two people, aged 25 and 27, were arrested on Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Gujarat for allegedly duping two Ahmedabad-based businessmen of ₹1.13 crore on the pretext of delivering 3,500 concentrators. The accused had switched off his phone after receiving 10% advance payment from the victims in the second week of May.

According to police, a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged at Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Police Station on Wednesday (May 19, 2021) after businessman Nirav Lal, who owns a unit engaged in the production and sale of X-ray machinery, and his acquaintance Kaushik Shah allegedly paid Rs 1.13 crores to Ankit Vala, director of Atomdas Private Limited in Ahmedabad, for import shipment of 3,500 oxygen concentrators of 10 and 5 litres capacity. 

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell arrested Ankit Kumar Vala (27), a resident of Gir Somnath, and Saurabh Jain (25), a resident of Ahmedabad. Police also seized cash worth Rs 59.50 lakh from the duo.

“The accused had first floated a company named Atomdas last year with an aim to do business of surgical equipment to make profit. Then they made a website for their company and listed that they deal in surgical equipment such as gloves, thermometers, pulse oximeters, masks and other items. Interested parties who contacted the accused were told to pay at least 10 per cent advance for bulk delivery of products,” said a senior official of Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell. 

“They make false assurances to the victims after receiving the advance amount and later switch their phones off,” added the officer.

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