Father-son duo swindles Rs 1.37 crore with a 'magical device'

Delhi Crime Branch busts con artists who sold a non-existent device called Rice Puller

A Delhi businessman was allegedly duped of Rs 1.43 crore by a father-son duo, both motor mechanics, who promised to sell him a metallic plate claiming it had unique physical properties necessary for scientific research, police said on Tuesday, a media report said. Narendra had already "invested" Rs 1.43 crore to facilitate the genuineness test that would enable the sale eventually. The complainant alleged that a few years ago, he came in contact with one person who told him about huge profits in dealing with Rice Puller, police said. After a few call forwards, a meeting was arranged between Narendra and Virender Brar who introduced himself as the MD of a company, M/S Rehan Metals that's based in US with an office in Moti Nagar as well.

A father-son duo pulled a fast one on a businessman by convincing him to invest in a device, dubbed the Rice Puller, that is apparently used by research agencies like National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for space research.

Brar and Mohan then kept telling Narender that a few tests would have to be carried out and the businessman shelled out Rs 87.2 lakh for these tests to be conducted, reported Times Now.

The victim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the accused and paid ₹8.72 million for arranging special anti-radiation suits to be worn by scientists during testing, their fees, money for obtaining chemicals required for testing etc.

The testing of the RP was scheduled in Hapur but could not happen as the accused made an excuse that the place was not conducive and after that, he said testing was delayed by them on one or another pretext, they said. At the same time, other associates of the alleged seller of the device mounted pressure on the victim to finalise the deal.

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Narendra was then introduced by an associate to another company, M/S Stars World Heritage based in East of Kailash, for a new deal on the RP and was assured that he would not be cheated. Later, the victim came to know that the said scientist' was working with the accused for Rs 20,000, police said.

The conmen told the victim that NASA was willing to pay around ₹375 billion for a device called the "Rice Puller".

A copper plate covered in a thin magnetic liquid and rice mixed with iron filings were used to show off the machine. They fill the utensil with boiled rice with small iron wires and fool people by pulling the rice towards the magnet-coated plate. In this regard, they also said that that they would have to import some chemicals, according to the police. It is much sought after by space agencies for advanced space research. They ask the victims to fund the testing that their company would arrange.

Two Indians have been paraded by police in homemade "space suits" after their arrest for a weird space scam.

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