Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 16
A ‘Spain resident’ and a ''Customs official'' was among four persons, who were booked for allegedly duping a local resident of Rs1.70 lakh. Those booked were identified as Kaithw William of Madrid, Spain; Seema Sharma, an alleged Customs Officer, Delhi Airport; Henaz Begum and JP Singh. Victim Vinod Kumar of Rajinder Nagar told the police that he came in contact with Kaithe William through a social media platform and they became friends. He said he had a video chat and Whatsapp chat with her. He said she expressed her desire to visit the Golden Temple along with her daughter a few days ago and sought his help. He said on October 5, she sent a British Airways ticket and said that she was coming to Amritsar. He said on October 8, he received a call from a woman, who identified herself as Seema Sharma, a Customs Official at the Delhi Airport. She said Kaithe was caught by the Customs Department with $5,000. She said Kaithe told her about him and if he wanted to release her, he has to pay the fine. He said he felt pity and therefore transferred Rs35,000 and Rs1.20 lakh thorough NEFT. She said the accused demanded more cash from him. He said he understood that he was being framed. Investigating officer SI Balwinder Singh said they received a complaint and a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC was registered in this connection. He said further investigation was on to ascertain the facts and real identity of the accused.
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